Trendgazing: The Future of Work
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Trends shaping our future world of work!
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Micro-Worker, Task-Worker - the future of workers and what's it mean for HR?

Micro-Worker, Task-Worker - the future of workers and what's it mean for HR? | Trendgazing: The Future of Work | Scoop.it
Micro-Worker, Task-Worker - the future of workers and what does it mean for HR! jobfairofthfuture.jpg " No Matter who you are, most of the smartest people work for somebody else.." Joy's Law Bill Joy, Sun Micro Systems ...
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As "work" is broken down into microchunks each chunk handled by individuals around the globe the notion of who does the "work" (along with its value) becomes unpredictable. In this context what is the position of HR? 

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Kuhu Barua's comment, April 29, 2013 2:44 AM
Agree, forsee a lot of issues, but it's likely to happen as concept of " work" is devalued by increased micorchunking to the a greater benefit of the owner of the project, r
Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s curator insight, May 2, 2013 12:26 PM

Great article on a specific trend in the Future of Work: "Which is the segmentation of work down to the task level - that then can be matched up, and distributed to different workers." E.g. Individual Task assignment and Crowd Sourcing to solve a task.

 

This phenomenon is also described as HyperSpecialization by Thomas Malone, from MIT Sloan School of Management (see the HBR Article here:
http://hbr.org/2011/07/the-big-idea-the-age-of-hyperspecialization/ and the HBR video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slK1RbPPGqY )

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John Hagel: Rethinking Race Against the Machines

John Hagel says we have designed jobs in the U.S. that tend to be "tightly scripted," "highly standardized," that leave no room for "individual initiative or...
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"Race against the Machine" has received a lot of focus. Here John Hagel proposes that much of today's jobs are designed to be the target of automation - a model from the last century- which assumes stable environment. But today's changing environment the future of work will require excercising creativity and imagination to unforseen events and problems that arise. This   means that a different concept and model for work, has to be created moving forward.  

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Sharing Office - A Concept For Future Of Work - PSFK

Sharing Office - A Concept For Future Of Work - PSFK | Trendgazing: The Future of Work | Scoop.it
The sharing office proves the ideal workplace environment for collaboration, creativity, and idea-sharing.
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Future of Work – Top 3 Innovative Crowdsourced Business Practices by Philip Rosedale (video)

Future of Work – Top 3 Innovative Crowdsourced Business Practices by Philip Rosedale (video) | Trendgazing: The Future of Work | Scoop.it
‘Second Life’ and ‘Coffee & Power’ visionary Philip Rosedale shares his top 3 innovative crowdsourced business experiments ((VIDEO) Future of Work – Top 3 Innovative Crowdsourced Business Practices by Philip Rosedale–WE THE DATA
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Rosedale's innovative practices/experiments always interesting read. Extent to which these ideas and practices are adopted and types of orgs doing it - worth  exploring! 

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Robot workers: Is coexistence possible? - MSN Money

Robot workers: Is coexistence possible? - MSN Money | Trendgazing: The Future of Work | Scoop.it
Robot workers: Is coexistence possible? MSN Money "There's no question that in some high-profile industries, technology is displacing workers of all, or almost all, kinds," wrote Paul Krugman in The New York Times, adding that "many of the jobs...
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Robots and humans working side by side in the future is a comprehensible reality. Predictions are that it's not too far away!

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Officing Today | What Does the Office of the Future Look Like?

Officing Today | What Does the Office of the Future Look Like? | Trendgazing: The Future of Work | Scoop.it

"There are numerous theories and suggestions about the future workplace. The common ground seems to be that the future office will most likely reflect the requirements of a much more flexible and mobile workforce."

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How Career Mashup Artists Showcase Multidimensional Skills--And Get Hired

How Career Mashup Artists Showcase Multidimensional Skills--And Get Hired | Trendgazing: The Future of Work | Scoop.it

"Less shallow than a generalists, more nimble than a specialists, the most employable workers now are fluent in one area, but literate in many. Here are 10 steps to shaping the successful "mashup" career of tomorrow."

 

With unemployment rising and increasing uncertainty in the job market, now may be a good time to work out how to give your career an edge.

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Don’t Want to Lose Your Job to a Machine? Better Get Touchy-Feely

Don’t Want to Lose Your Job to a Machine? Better Get Touchy-Feely | Trendgazing: The Future of Work | Scoop.it

Economists and wise gray heads all across America are discussing what the jobs of the future will look like and which industries are best positioned to lead the country’s recovery.

But what these well-intentioned politicos and professors are only debating, you, young careerist, will actually have to live. As someone at the start of their working life, you have somewhere in the neighborhood of four decades of career in front of you so the question of what types of jobs will be around and available in the future isn’t just an academic discussion. The answer will inform your career trajectory and your choices when it comes to training and development.

 

 

 

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Future Work Skills 2020 (visual summary)

Future Work Skills 2020 (visual summary) | Trendgazing: The Future of Work | Scoop.it

Six drivers and key skills for the future workplace


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‘The scoop is dead’....and the world of news media is changing fast. So what's next in journalism?

‘The scoop is dead’....and the world of news media is changing fast. So what's next in journalism? | Trendgazing: The Future of Work | Scoop.it
Whether you are a journalist, a blogger, a media manager or a reader, the fact that the media world is experiencing a dramatic upheaval is hard to miss. Changes in reading habits, economic challenges, new technical possibilities: it’s an ideal...

 

The traditional newsroom today is still largely much as it was in pre-Internet times. Journalists work primarily with other journalists. Technicians, designers and programmers are rarely an integral part of the editorial process. Yet this cooperation would be a great opportunity. Online journalism today uses only a fraction of the technical tools available – among other reasons, because these two worlds do not communicate with each other. Computational journalism opens up new possibilities for Investigative and watchdog journalism, proven for example by the U.S.-based non-profit ProPublica.

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The End of a Job as We Know It

The End of a Job as We Know It | Trendgazing: The Future of Work | Scoop.it
The concept of a job, as we know it, is starting to go away.

Over the last year a common theme in the conversations amongst many corporate business and HR leaders is :we need our organizations to be more agile. We need to redesign the organization so we can learn faster, communicate better, and respond more rapidly to change. This quest for the agile organization has changed the nature of what we call a job.

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The Avatar Economy - Technology Review

The Avatar Economy - Technology Review | Trendgazing: The Future of Work | Scoop.it
Are remote workers the brains inside tomorrow's robots?

 

In our economy, many of the jobs most resistant to automation are those with the least economic value. Just consider the diversity of tasks, unpredictable terrains, and specialized tools that a landscaper confronts in a single day. No robot is intelligent enough to perform this $8-an-hour work.

But what about a robot remotely controlled by a low-wage foreign worker?

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The Future of Work: 4 Trends That Matter to Your Work + Life

The Future of Work: 4 Trends That Matter to Your Work + Life | Trendgazing: The Future of Work | Scoop.it
I see four significant trends impacting the future of work and I’ll describe them here, along with the implications of them for employers, workers and everyone in between. I think you can take these to the bank.
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Uber, Data Darwinism and the future of work

Uber, Data Darwinism and the future of work | Trendgazing: The Future of Work | Scoop.it
Uber, a San Francisco-based personal transportation oriented startup, is facing a backlash from a few of its drivers. But the confrontation is less about Uber and more about the challenges facing a society being rebuilt because of connectedness.
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Within our current state of constant connectedness and increaing "on demand" workforce "Uber" poses a noteworthy case study now and for the future. In a world where "thumbs up" (likes) and "thumbs down" (dislikes) are being held up as important metrics, there are future implications to consider. This is a sobering post by Om Malik! 

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The Future of Working Life - Forbes India

The Future of Working Life - Forbes India | Trendgazing: The Future of Work | Scoop.it
Lynda Gratton, The London Business School professor and top 50 management thinker describes the possible ups and downs of the future of work
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Whilst this Forbes (India) post contains a lot of materials we've already come across, the inevitable notion of a "lonely workforce" -the likely result of an expandng remote working population - was notable since this topic has not had the same level of discussion with respect to the future of work. 

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Everyone Will Have to Become an Entrepreneur

Everyone Will Have to Become an Entrepreneur | Trendgazing: The Future of Work | Scoop.it

It comes down to this: you need to create opportunities and sell. That’s entrepreneurship. If you are a lawyer, you’ll never make partner unless you get clients for the firm. That’s selling. And if you don’t want to make partner, than sit tight, you might be replaced by someone more entrepreneurial.


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The Death of the Cubicle, and Other Workplace Trends

The Death of the Cubicle, and Other Workplace Trends | Trendgazing: The Future of Work | Scoop.it
By Benjamin Osgood, Contributing Columnist As tenants transition from hard-lined telephones to VOIP, abandon private offices for open areas and clamor for  “brick and timber” creative spaces versus...
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Offices of the future, could include "wellness" areas and "prayer rooms" amongst others, reflecting ways very diverse workforces will be accommodated.

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How a Robot Will Steal Your Job

How a Robot Will Steal Your Job | Trendgazing: The Future of Work | Scoop.it

How a Robot Will Steal Your Job - Gizmodo

 

On a visit to Standard Motor Products' fuel-injector assembly line in South Carolina, Atlantic writer Adam Davidson asked why a worker there, Maddie, was welding caps onto the injectors herself. Why not use a machine. Maddie's supervisor had a direct answer, "Maddie is cheaper than a machine."

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Digital Staffing: The Future of Recruitment-by-Algorithm

Digital Staffing: The Future of Recruitment-by-Algorithm | Trendgazing: The Future of Work | Scoop.it
We have movie- and book-recommendation algorithms; why not job-recommendation algorithms?
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The Future of Work: Six Technologies That Will Change The Workplace

The Future of Work: Six Technologies That Will Change The Workplace | Trendgazing: The Future of Work | Scoop.it
In the past decade, we've witnessed the introduction of technology like smartphones, tablets, social media, and more that has revolutionized the way the...
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The New Concerns of an Evolving Workforce

The New Concerns of an Evolving Workforce | Trendgazing: The Future of Work | Scoop.it
Today’s corporate catchphrases will become tomorrow’s commonplace practices.

 

New professionals entering the workforce at the end of this decade were born in the mid-to-late 90s. They're Millennials; part of a generation that grew up listening to Jay-Z and The Black Eyed Peas, but not smelling a whiff of teen spirit. They don't remember the years when beepers were hip and cell phones were spanking new.

The workers who hired them? Also Millennials. That's right—by 2020, today's young entry-level employees will be tomorrow's middle management, professionals who were nurtured in a digital age where everything—from talking to family, to checking the weather, to sending an important office email—can be done on the go. Where Facebook is important, but face time? Not so much. Their philosophies and practices have changed and will continue to change how we work.

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Careers Are Dead. Welcome To Your Low-Wage, Temp Work Future - Forbes

Careers Are Dead. Welcome To Your Low-Wage, Temp Work Future - Forbes | Trendgazing: The Future of Work | Scoop.it

Image credit: AFP/Getty Images via @daylife

 

Finally, some statistics to prove the stereotypes right. According to a recent survey from Millennial Branding and Payscale, Millenials really are most likely to be employed in service industry jobs.

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Jobs are going back to the future

Jobs are going back to the future | Trendgazing: The Future of Work | Scoop.it

Denis Pennel is the managing director of Ciett, the Brussels-based international confederation of private employment agencies, a position that gives him the broadest perspective on workplace trends – and he has clear views on where they are heading.

 

“We think permanent employment will decrease,” he says, “but agents advising staff and acting as contractors will increase. Intermediaries are more and more involved in employment.”

 

These ideas form the cornerstone of what he sees as a return “to the days of guilds and crafts”, in which third party institutions took care of staff, their training and defended their rights.

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Future of Work: Interview with Jim Spohrer: Director, Global University Progams at IBM

Future of Work: Interview with Jim Spohrer: Director, Global University Progams at IBM | Trendgazing: The Future of Work | Scoop.it
Discussion about Service as a Science and Design and Delivery and the Knowledge Economy.

 

Jim Spohrer from IBM is a computer scientist who is leading the development of a new science of service systems, often known as Service Science, Management and Engineering. He is helping companies figure out how to turn “service” into a science.

 

http://www.csuitetwo.com/WilderVoices/FOW_Interview_Jim_Spohrer.mp3

 

The study of service systems provides insights into why organizations fail and succeed, and how cities and regions, in spite of this organizational turnover, can improve innovativeness, equity, sustainability, and resiliency generation over generation....

 

One of the key requirements is developing what IDEO’s CEO, Tim Brown, originally called T-Shaped* individuals, who are deep in a particular discipline but have broad communication skills across many different disciplines and systems.... 

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The Future of Press Jobs

The Future of Press Jobs | Trendgazing: The Future of Work | Scoop.it

"Mass media careers are no longer confined to the newsroom, nor indeed to any room. The ecumenical proliferation involving technology has revolutionised media jobs, many of which are offered over a freelance basis, with copy writers commissioned for you to blog, review and modify on an random basis, most from the comfort of their own house."

 

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