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Working in the cloud means working all the time

Technological advancements, such as Artificial Intelligence, Robotic Process Automation or Big Data are often considered major drivers for the future of work. Current debate on this topic mostly focuses on which tasks and jobs will be delegated to machines and how employees can deal with the uncertainty of career choice. In a recent report, the World Economic Forum provides […]

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10. The workplace bully is not always a lone wolf
By Patricia A. Meglich and Andra Gumbus

 

 

 
9. Too much to do, too little time? Mental contrasting can help you choose what’s really important
By Heather Kappes

 

 
8. What neuroscience can(not) bring to the world of business
By Dirk Lindebaum

 

 

 
7. Workplaces are moving from facilities management to hospitality design
By Jonathan Openshaw

 

 

 
6. Men are targets of sexual harassment at work […]

May 30th, 2016|Labour|0 Comments|

When employees lack ‘soft skills’, whose fault is it?

Skills gaps and the ‘blame game’

Skills deficits have been reported as a problem across a number of developed economies including the UK and US. Employers report problems filling vacancies because applicants lack the required skills (shortages) and/or that current workers lack proficiency (gaps). The 2013 UK Employers Skills Survey revealed that almost four times as many establishments were affected […]

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    Without uniform indicators, firms are unable to deal with work health issues

Without uniform indicators, firms are unable to deal with work health issues

Globally, over 2.3 million people die from work-related accidents or disease each year. This is according to the International Labour Organization (ILO), which further estimates the costs of workplace injury at four per cent of world GDP. Our research shows that consumers would preferentially select, and even pay more for, goods made under healthy working conditions. However, access to […]

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    Managers’ behaviour in job interviews impacts the firm’s image

Managers’ behaviour in job interviews impacts the firm’s image

If you have ever conducted a job interview, you likely understand that the process is not a one-way street but a multi-lane road with two-way traffic. As an interviewer, you want to assess the applicant’s skills and abilities. Similarly, the candidate also assesses you and your company. What can you do to create impressions that enhance your company’s recruiting […]

To retain Asian professionals in the UK, childcare is key

Balancing work and family commitments is challenging for everyone. But what happens when you are an expatriate, cut off from your family support network, and adjusting to a culture with potentially very different expectations around gender roles and the appropriateness of non-family-based childcare? Some of my recent research has explored how expatriate Asian minority women in the UK experience […]

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    Microtask crowdsourcing can both empower and marginalise workers

Microtask crowdsourcing can both empower and marginalise workers

As a society we have reached a point of social consciousness where the debate regarding the impacts of the Internet-based ‘gig’ or on-demand economy, commonly known as crowdsourcing (CS), is taking centre stage. One such debate concerns the need for new regulations and policies relating to the growing crowd worker population who engage in work on or through Internet-based […]

Adult education can substantially improve careers

Precarious employment is a core concern in modern societies and an increasing trend worldwide. It is increasing among all occupational levels, including the traditionally protected, skilled and often highly unionised workforces of large firms. Is this a path of no return? Previous analyses have focused on the social structure to answer this question, and researchers have been devoted to […]

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    To fight low wages, central banks warm to collective bargaining

To fight low wages, central banks warm to collective bargaining

Strange things are happening in the world of international economic institutions and central bankers. Whereas over the past decades the continuous focus of these institutions has been on the weakening of bargaining power of trade unions, there appears to be some kind of “change of mind” with one institution after the other as they start pointing to too low […]

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    Men are targets of sexual harassment at work far more commonly than we assume

Men are targets of sexual harassment at work far more commonly than we assume

More than one in ten complaints of sexual harassment at work are reported by men. In a recent study, I found that the majority of cases (78.4 per cent) were female complaints against males. However, women were accused of sexually harassing men in 5 per cent of cases and men accused other men in 11 per cent of cases.

The […]

Musicians are exploited on the London and Paris jazz scenes

As recorded music revenues decline, live music is increasing in economic importance. But working conditions in the sector are a problem. Live musicians frequently suffer from low pay, casualised work contracts, and unpredictable and insecure careers. These concerns have serious knock-on effects. They skew opportunities towards those from affluent backgrounds, who can tolerate periods of deep career uncertainty. And […]

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    The value of intermediaries in the global market for cloud workers

The value of intermediaries in the global market for cloud workers

A variety of online markets have developed in recent years to facilitate trade in labour services. Upwork – previously known as oDesk-eLance (oDesk was founded in 2005 and merged with eLance in 2014) – is the largest global online market for outsourced work, with revenues of around $1 billion a year, making it the ‘behemoth of the human cloud’ […]

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    Lay-offs hurt the well-being even of those who keep their jobs

Lay-offs hurt the well-being even of those who keep their jobs

In modern workplaces, employers seek more flexibility in their management practices than before. This involves decisions concerning the number and composition of personnel, job design, productivity, and profit. Those concerned over employees health and well-being have set their eyes on organisational downsizing and questioned whether such practices are affecting employees’ health and well-being.

When organisations downsize, those who lose their […]

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    Workplaces are moving from facilities management to hospitality design

Workplaces are moving from facilities management to hospitality design

We first started writing about the rise of ‘Bleisure’ (the convergence of business and leisure) back in 2009 at The Future Laboratory, and since then we’ve seen the boundaries between work and play dissolve drastically. ‘We’re seeing workplaces that are more intelligent, connected and human-orientated – a move from facilities management to hospitality’ explains Jeremy Myerson, co-founder, Helen Hamlyn […]

Black women often suffer microaggressions at work

While people of colour have made significant gains in the workplace since US legislation made discrimination and segregation illegal, they continue to be underrepresented at executive levels in corporate America. This trend is particularly pervasive for black women who are fairly well represented at entry and middle-level management but make up only 1.2 percent of executive level officers of […]

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    You need to prepare for the tricky moment when someone resigns from your team

You need to prepare for the tricky moment when someone resigns from your team

If you’ve ever quit a job, you probably remember that awkward conversation when you told your manager you were leaving. How did your manager respond? And how did that response make you feel about the organisation you were leaving?

With our co-authors (Belinda Rae and Shruti R Sardeshmukh) we interviewed employees who had voluntarily left a fulltime job. We examined […]

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    Volunteer work can sometimes threaten the jobs of paid employees in non-profits

Volunteer work can sometimes threaten the jobs of paid employees in non-profits

Economic literature suggests that non-profit organisations have an economic advantage over for-profits because they are able to use volunteers for parts of their activities more easily. In fact, for some non-profit organisations volunteer work can be regarded as a major labour source. The Institute for Volunteering Research estimates that 27 percent of the population 16+ in the UK volunteers […]

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    Counselling is better than outright firing an underperforming employee

Counselling is better than outright firing an underperforming employee

Utilizing new technology, combined with aggressive and innovative marketing, your business has significantly expanded over the last few years. You’ve attracted talented staff who are poised to take the company to even greater heights. You want to give them rein and let them run.

Unfortunately, one of your salesmen (we’ll call him John), who handles several key accounts, doesn’t seem […]

The workplace bully is not always a lone wolf

In today’s competitive organisations, it is all too common for bullies to act out in the workplace. Many of us have either been victimised or witnessed a co-worker being bullied. This is more common than illegal forms of harassment (based on things such as race, sex, or age). The costs to companies that allow the situation to go unchecked […]

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    Medium-sized firms worry a possible EU exit would hamper their ability to find skilled workers

Medium-sized firms worry a possible EU exit would hamper their ability to find skilled workers

Over the past six months we have seen a number of groups officially launch their campaigns either for or against Britain leaving the European Union. However, in what some may deem a rather unusual turn of events, the UK’s mass media has been largely (although admittedly not entirely) unbiased when it comes to reporting the opinions of both sides.

This […]