Shaping a changing world

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” —Peter Drucker—

The world is changing at an ever-increasing pace. How can we remodel work — the what, the how and the why — and the systems that govern it, to liberate people to return the best value to themselves, their organisations and society as a whole? Join a growing community who are sparking fresh, radical ideas to make the future of work a better, more human place.

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Is it ‘engagement’ or simply good management pra…

14/08/2017Derek T
By Claire Warren, Editor, Work. Being all in it together is intrinsic to employee engagement. But in an age of individualism, should we measure workplace satisfaction differently? When it comes to employee ... Read more »

Peter Drucker: the social and human value of work

21/07/2017Paul Simpson
By Paul Simpson, Consultant Editor, Work. ‘The decision about people is the only crucial one.’ That’s what Alfred Sloan, the presiding genius of General Motors (GM), told Peter Drucker when the ... Read more »

Good work and a process of renewal

12/07/2017Robert Phillips
By Robert Phillips, Co-Founder, Jericho Chambers. My friend and colleague at Jericho Chambers, Neal Lawson, having inspired the Progressive Alliance at the 2017 General Election, isn’t giving up on politics but ... Read more »

The humane workplace

23/05/2017lizardvanilla
By Sandy Wilkie, Engage for Success, Thought & Action Steering Group. Dystopia Of course, we’d like to think that the Orwellian vision of repressed and repetitive workplaces have, like William Blake’s dark, ... Read more »

Wanted: Creativity and empathy hubs

By Dr Chris Steed, Southampton University. Recently at a Future Foundations Global Social Leaders conference I met some amazing students from an amazing school. The future of education is being reshaped in schools ... Read more »

The ‘human factor’ in business

17/03/2017Bridget Morris
By Bridget Morris, Executive Director, The Rowntree Society. Did you know that KitKat used to have a blue wrapper, was first called Chocolate Crisp, or is Japan’s No. 1 selling chocolate ... Read more »

Can capitalism be saved to better the world?

16/03/2017Jim Bignal
By Jim Bignal, Triple Purpose Campaign. Capitalism is at a crossroads, with a growing perception that business is failing its obligations to society. Excessive executive pay, abuse of zero-hour contracts, tax ... Read more »

Intelligent robots still not the real thing

20/02/2017Para
By Para Mullan, Senior Project & Business Relationship Manager, CIPD. It is not that surprising that we read about fears of machines replacing humans. Change is usually unpredictable and we do ... Read more »

A model for work that works (Part 2)

20/01/2017Derek T
By Paul Simpson, Work. The traditional mode of work has had its day. Blame robots, short-term capitalism and the gig economy. Following on from “A model for work that works ... Read more »

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A selection of top stories from around the web.

Seize the initiative to build an AI strategy

AI in the workplace: The time to develop a strategy is now

When it comes to artificial intelligence (AI), or intelligence exhibited by machines, most people immediately think of cinema’s sentient computers, such as HAL, Skynet or Samantha. Although those machines are just Hollywood’s fictional creations, the underlying notion that AI will play an integral role in every aspect of our lives is very real indeed.

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Automating the mundane

Automating the workplace

Automation has fundamentally changed how businesses operate. Automating the mundane tasks at workplace has one of the highest return on investments, because it lets the workers focus on what really matters – shipping features and fixing bugs. Several areas where automation is common today are explored below.

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How is your identity impacting your career?

Do you have a powerful workplace identity?

The term identity is used in various ways. In one of its more common usages, it refers to the unique characteristics of an individual that distinguish him/ her from others in a social context. The essence of the term lies in the fact that identity is the self-definition of an individual in the context of a group.

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Gig economy: Stories behind the figures Pt 3

Gig economy – Behind the scenes: Elle | CIPD

I had planned not to leave the job in Switzerland until I had a job in London, but by February this year, I had to hand in my notice without another job lined up. When I saw TaskRabbit, I thought it looked great.

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Top 10 best and worst jobs for the future

These are the top 10 best and worst jobs for the future

You may not be able to predict the future, but data experts can tell you what job you should pick for a successful future. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Kiplinger and economic forecasting group EMSI analyzed 785 popular US jobs.

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Old school might just be the ticket to beat bots and touts

Bad blood! Is Taylor Swift’s ‘verified fan’ system a way to reward followers – or rip them off?

Swift’s scheme to get tickets into the hands of genuine fans may be noble, but it involves charging $60 for a CD. It’s the latest chapter in a struggle between artists, fans and promoters to make access to gigs fair

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Welfare intervention needed to secure future of work?

German minister: ‘Platforms have to pay social security in the future’

Thorben Albrecht is responsible for addressing the impact of the digital revolution on the labour sector and preparing Germany workers for the future. The minister presented his Work 4.0 white paper at the Future of Work conference hosted by Estonia’s rotating presidency of the EU.

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Spreading happiness increases productivity at work

Unhappy at work? How to spread cheer in the office

The average British workplace is not a cheery domain. Over 55% of UK workers are unhappy in their jobs, according to a recent survey by training course site Course Library. Having grumpy employees isn’t just an office atmosphere killer, it ultimately affects a company’s profits.

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Gig work only a part of growing alternative work trend

Gig work and the past, present and future of American labor

With everything from rides and food to massages available at the push of a smartphone button, it’s easy to assume that independent contractors working on behalf of online platforms, or gig workers as they’re also called, are taking over the American labor force. But such is not the case – yet.

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