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Open plan Coworking Spaces is it the most productive solution for your business? 

Open plan Coworking Spaces is it the most productive solution for your business?  | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

For a business owner, it’s the perfect set-up to save on construction and material costs, not to mention equipment, where everything from kitchen space and meeting rooms, to stationary and printers are shared. In addition, setting up in a coworking space cancels out time and costs of maintenance and cleaning, and you can have your entire team in one place. What’s not to like?

However, research shows that when it comes to your workforce, an open plan environment with little or no respite from background noise, conversational chatter and the general office life may be reducing productivity and negatively impacting profitability.

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25 ideas that will shape the 2020s

25 ideas that will shape the 2020s | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

Will paper money disappear? Will gene-tailored medicine transform how we treat disease? And will you finally trade in that juicy steak for “cell grown” meat? As a new decade begins, it’s hard to think of an industry that doesn’t feel like it’s on the brink of a massive transformation.

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The unstoppable growth of the Gig Economy – And how to best prepare

The unstoppable growth of the Gig Economy – And how to best prepare | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

Generation Z, now entering the workforce, is painfully aware of the sad situation that befell Millennials, many of whom went into significant debt to attend college for a degree that wound up not necessarily guaranteeing entry into a great or even good job. So, many Gen Zers have decided to avoid college and instead have opted for internships or travel to self-educate and broaden their horizons. According to Gen Z and the Gig Economy — It’s time to gig in or get out[7], “They’re looking at gigs as a viable alternative to 9-5 desk jobs, putting their emphasis on decent work/life balance. The pros of the gig economy don’t go unnoticed by the new working generation. For Gen Z, the most appealing aspects of gig work are: schedule flexibility (55%), being their own boss (53%), and not having a boss or coworkers (42%).”

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Industrial Robots: Robot Investment Reaches Record 16.5 billion USD

Industrial Robots: Robot Investment Reaches Record 16.5 billion USD | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

The new World Robotics report shows an annual global sales value of 16.5 billion USD in 2018 – a new record. 422,000 units were shipped globally in 2018 - an increase of 6 percent compared to the previous year. IFR forecasts shipments in 2019 will recede from the record level in 2018, but expects an average growth of 12 percent per year from 2020 to 2022.

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¿Cómo afrontar la revolución del trabajo que estamos viviendo?

¿Cómo afrontar la revolución del trabajo que estamos viviendo? | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

Seis de cada diez CEO afirman tener dificultades para encontrar los perfiles profesionales que su empresa requiere. Ante esta necesidad, cuatro de cada diez pasarán a la acción durante los próximos tres años, en los que formarán a su plantilla en habilidades digitales.

Son datos del informe CEO Outlook 2019, de la consultora KPMG, que muestra hasta qué punto capacitar a los empleados en las nuevas necesidades de la empresa es uno de los grandes desafíos de la próxima década.

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How AI is impacting the workplace

How AI is impacting the workplace | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

Artificial intelligence is a hot topic these days. Headlines touting its use in everything from drug discovery to the integration of voice-activated virtual assistants into the workplace seem to pop up daily. Along with these headlines comes no small amount of concern that this technology is on the verge of displacing millions of workers.

While fears of being replaced by a machine are understandable based on history--according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 7.5 million fewer manufacturing jobs in the US today than in 1980, and automation (along with China) is often blamed--the reality is, AI is being introduced into the workplace to augment and help existing employees do their jobs better, not replace them. The reason for this may be very straightforward: as impressive as it is (think self-driving cars or Google's DeepMind beating human Go champions) the technology just isn't capable of doing what humans can do.

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Will a robot take my job?  The Age of AI (6)

El miedo a que las computadoras realicen tu trabajo es común entre millones de personas, y muchos lo han visto convertirse en realidad. Pero la inteligencia artificial puede permitir que los empleos evolucionen, sean más seguros y eficientes para la sociedad como un todo.

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La Unión Europea le da la espalda al Teletrabajo desde casa

La Unión Europea le da la espalda al Teletrabajo desde casa | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

Solo un 5,2% del personal activo residente en la Unión Europea afirma trabajar normalmente desde casa, según datos publicados ayer por Eurostat y basados en una encuesta de 2018. Incluso más sorprendente es el hecho de que esta cifra, relativamente baja teniendo en cuenta la creciente penetración de Internet, se ha mantenido constante en los últimos diez años en alrededor del 5%, según la agencia de estadísticas comunitaria. En España, son solo el 4,3% de los trabajadores, frente al 3,1% en 2008.

Tal y como se puede ver en este mapa de Statista, la práctica del "home office" solo juega un papel reseñable en algunas economías del centro y norte de Europa. Este es el caso del los Países Bajos, con un 14% de los encuestados que afirma ganarse el salario sin salir de su hogar, Finlanda, con un 13,3%, y Luxemburgo, con un 11%.

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[PDF] Youth voice for the Future of Work

[PDF] Youth voice for the Future of Work | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

The future of work is right here, right now, and younger generations are at the front of the line, exploring new approaches, new encounters and new challenges.

 

In a study just released by the OECD and WorldSkills, with inputs from Education and Employers, young people were asked about their levels of awareness about the changes affecting the new world of work and how confident they feel about their ability to deal with them. The results don’t paint a rosy picture for our learning systems and, while we know of great examples of young people being given the right opportunities, we need to find ways to scale up these success stories to build a more inclusive world of work.

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Companies can help fight inequality. It starts with more 'Remote Workers'

Companies can help fight inequality. It starts with more 'Remote Workers' | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

The continued rise of economic inequality worldwide is a dire issue for social stability, and for companies who rely on a healthy consumer base. But business leaders who want to make a difference may find it challenging to address such a broad societal issue while also serving their own bottom line.

 

Stephane Kasriel, CEO of staffing company Upwork, argued at the Fortune Global Forum in Paris on Monday for a policy that could be a win-win: companies should accommodate, and even encourage, a more remote workforce.

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Leadership: Tomorrow doesn’t look much like yesterday

Leadership: Tomorrow doesn’t look much like yesterday | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

Our current workforce includes five generations of workers, and there are now more millennials in the United States workforce than there are baby boomers. Millennials have different expectations of leaders than previous generations. Baby boomers, for example, are often quite happy to have minimal contact with their supervisors. The adage of “no news, is good news” rings resoundingly familiar for this age group. Millennials, on the other hand, are connectors who want personal relationships with their colleagues and their leaders. Feedback sessions are welcomed, needed and believed to be productive. Neither the baby boomers nor the millennials are “right” or “wrong,” but they are different in important ways.

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32% of jobs in 'red wall' seats at risk of automation by early 2030s

32% of jobs in 'red wall' seats at risk of automation by early 2030s | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

32% of all jobs in ‘red wall’ constituencies won by the Tories from Labour in the last election are estimated to be at risk of automation by the early 2030s. A report by Future Advocacy has said that eight million jobs are at risk of automation over the next ten years and it has called on the government to protect communities.

The think tank estimated that 30% of jobs are vulnerable nationally with the greatest loses expected in retail, manufacturing and transport. The research shows that the impact of automation will be felt differently across the various regions in the country with an uneven distribution of job losses. 1.2 million jobs in retail are thought to be at risk, with a further 1.1 million in manufacturing and 800,000 in transport.

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Automation could displace 2.7 million construction workers by 2057

Automation could displace 2.7 million construction workers by 2057 | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

Increasing automation in the construction industry could displace or replace as much as 49% of the America’s blue-collar construction workforce (2.7 million workers) and eliminate nearly 500,000 non-construction jobs by 2057, according to a new study by the Midwest Economic Policy Institute (MEPI) and the Project for Middle Class Renewal at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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What does Blockchain & the 4th Industrial Revolution mean for us?

What does Blockchain & the 4th Industrial Revolution mean for us? | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

The magic wand of blockchain technology has touched our lives in multiple ways over the last decade. It has made cryptocurrency traders out of ordinary investors who would even shy away from the traditional stock markets. It has provided us with an easy way of transferring money acrossborders, without the interference of banks.


On a larger scale, blockchain has provided enterprises with a trustless and tamper-proof apparatus for tracking assets, verifying identity, settling contracts, and so much more. New industries based on asset tokenization and decentralized finance (DeFi) have been created on the strength of blockchain technology. Experts have even started to believe that blockchain will very well end up being the harbinger of Internet 3.0. All these parts add up to a much bigger sum – the role that blockchain technology will play in the 4th Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0.

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Prepare for ‘Robomageddon’: New study says AI makes jobs easier, but worse for workers

Prepare for ‘Robomageddon’: New study says AI makes jobs easier, but worse for workers | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

Are you ready for Robomageddon? Robotics and advanced automation continue to spread throughout the American workplace where workers express conflicting and sometimes flatly contradictory attitudes about the impact these new technologies will have on their lives?

Could you be duplicated next? You better look over your shoulder because the use of AI is gaining traction in the business world even finding a foothold in the mental health arena to alleviate cognitive overload, compassion fatigue and employee burnout. Some of the world’s top companies such as MetLife and Humana are employing innovative new technology to offset burnout by enhancing employee engagement, improving customer experience and providing a more emotionally intelligent and empathetic workplace.

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How the Gig Economy fits into the Future of Work

How the Gig Economy fits into the Future of Work | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

Where will you be working in 10 years? Do you see yourself building a career in one company , one industry and maintaining a stable and consistent workplace routine? Or do you expect to be earning your income through regular contract work – taking on temporary jobs to earn money and then moving on to contract with someone else who will pay you to complete a project or a task?

The job market is beginning to look different – some say it may even be changing forever. This is in large part due to what is commonly known as the gig economy. If you’re not even sure what that means, well, you’re not alone. It is a catchy term for a whole lot of things. We turned to Wharton experts to help us better understand this new employment model and how it is redefining the future of work.

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[PDF] Ágil o irrelevante

[PDF] Ágil o irrelevante | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

El informe, basado en una encuesta a 1.300 CEOs de las principales compañías del mundo, incluidas 50 españolas, recoge entre otros aspectos:

  • Su confianza sobre la economía global y su empresa en los próximos tres años
  • Riesgos que más les preocupan
  • Qué medidas están adoptando para dotar de resiliencia a la organización
  • Cómo abordan la disrupción interna y externa
  • En qué medida están cambiando los equipos directivos y la plantilla para abordar el futuro
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Robotics is more than just Automation

Robotics is more than just Automation | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

While numerous robots are intended for automating tasks, there are others that are intended to augment human capabilities rather than automate tasks. Robots are good at performing repetitive tasks on factory floors today, however, cutting-edge robotics will go past automation use cases. The next challenge is someplace in the middle of where we need to have robots that can settle on decisions all alone independently, yet additionally, have the option to have people tuned in.

Automation is obviously a top reason behind organizations considering the utilization of robotic innovation within their business processes. Nonetheless, it is essential to understand that, while numerous robots are intended for automating tasks, there are others that are designed to increase human abilities as opposed to automate tasks. We will, in general, consider robots either robotic arms or autonomous mobile robots operating autonomously in business settings.

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How AI will reconfigure Human Roles in 2020 and beyond

How AI will reconfigure Human Roles in 2020 and beyond | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

Innovations like self-driving vehicles, intelligent virtual assistants, and healthcare robots have fueled both anxiety and optimism about jobs and automation. But actual adoption in recent years hasn’t been the stuff of science fiction: Automation was primarily focused on simple computational tasks (such as credit scoring) and analysis of structured data.

We can’t ignore, however, that artificial intelligence (AI) is propelling automation into new types of work tasks—and at a rapid pace. In our “HR Tech Trends 2020” report, we cover how AI will excel at routine, repetitive tasks. Humans will continue to outperform AI in areas such as complex reasoning, socio-emotional intelligence, and sensory perception.

These differences in ability mean that, over the next decade, HR leaders will need to focus on shaping a workforce in which humans are augmented—not replaced—by AI. For example, as nurses use intelligent systems to manage paperwork, more of their time will be freed up for patient care.

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How far is too far? The Age of AI

YouTube has launched a new free-to-watch documentary series about artificial intelligence fronted by "Iron Man" star Robert Downey Jr. The YouTube Original series debuted on the platform on Wednesday, and is called "The Age of AI." Its stated aim is to demystify misconceptions around AI.

 

One of the main focuses of the first episode is a New Zealand-based company called Soul Machines, which specialises in making digital avatars. Its founder Mark Sagar is an award-winning visual effects artist who's worked on films like "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" and "Avatar."

 

Sagar is working on a project he calls "Baby X," in which he is using AI to simulate a human baby, modelled after his own daughter.

Sagar interacts with the baby through a webcam, teaching it words and how to react to certain objects — for example to show fear at the sight of a rubber spider.

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[PDF] The social contract in the 21st century: Outcomes so far for workers, consumers, and savers in advanced economies

[PDF] The social contract in the 21st century: Outcomes so far for workers, consumers, and savers in advanced economies | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

In a report, The social contract in the 21st century: Outcomes so far for workers, consumers, and savers in advanced economies, the McKinsey Global Institute takes an in-depth look at these changes in 22 advanced economies in Asia, Europe, and North America, covering 57 percent of global GDP. Among the findings: while opportunities for work have expanded and employment rates have risen to record levels in many countries, work polarization and income stagnation are real and widespread. The cost of many discretionary goods and services has fallen sharply, but basic necessities such as housing, healthcare, and education are absorbing an ever-larger proportion of incomes. Coupled with wage stagnation effects, this is eroding the welfare of the bottom three quintiles of the population by income level (roughly 500 million people in 22 countries). Public pensions are being scaled back—and roughly the same three quintiles of the population do not or cannot save enough to make up the difference.

 

These shifts point to an evolution in the “social contract”: the arrangements and expectations, often implicit, that govern the exchanges between individuals and institutions. Broadly, individuals have had to assume greater responsibility for their economic outcomes. While many have benefited from this evolution, for a significant number of individuals the changes are spurring uncertainty, pessimism, and a general loss of trust in institutions.

 

Policy makers, business leaders, and individuals will need to focus on two fronts. The first is sustaining and expanding the gains achieved through continued economic and productivity growth; business dynamism; investment in economies, technology and innovation; and continued focus on job growth and opportunity creation. The second is tackling the challenges individuals face, especially those most affected. Leaders are beginning to respond to these opportunities and challenges to varying degrees. However, more is needed given the scale of the opportunities and challenges, if the outcomes for the next 20 or more years of the 21st century are to be better than the first 20 and increase broad prosperity.

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[PDf] The enterprise guide to closing the skills gap: Strategies for building and mantain a skilled workforce

[PDf] The enterprise guide to closing the skills gap: Strategies for building and mantain a skilled workforce | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it
Arguably, one of the greatest threats facing organizations today is the talent shortage. Executives recognize the skills gap. They know it’s both real and problematic. But most of their organizations don’t appear to be actively or effectively tackling the issue.
 
We’ve conducted significant research on the topic for years now – and we’ve found many organizations are merely running in place. Ironically, although executives recognize the significant threat the talent shortage poses, most organizations have not proactively attacked the problem. In fact, the vast majority have not moved beyond traditional hiring and training strategies.
 
Throughout economic history, talented humans have been a source of innovation and advancement – their skills the impetus for economic growth. Today, however, multiple factors, including continued – and rapid – technological developments and business and operating model innova-tion, have contributed to market shifts that are redefining industries. Combined with various economic and market disruptions, as well as significant demographic shifts in many countries, these factors have created a perfect storm that is affecting the value of, need for, and availabil-ity of workforce skills. The result is a looming global talent shortage with the power to severely impact individuals and economies worldwide.
 
The problem will not dissipate; in fact, it’s increasing in severity. Global labor markets are only tightening, as unemployment rates continue to decline.2 Compounding the issue, new skills requirements continue to emerge, while other skills are becoming obsolete. And it’s all happening quite rapidly. As organizations scramble to meet their talent needs, many are making adjustments to their education and experience requirements just to fill roles.
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The Future of Offices: How technology will change the way the UK works

The Future of Offices: How technology will change the way the UK works | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

With almost two thirds (64%) of UK workers now using computers with internet access as part of their working day – up from 42% in 2007 – and 4.48 billion active internet users worldwide as of October 2019, the way that businesses use the internet to increase productivity and engage with customers is constantly changing.

But what are the biggest technology advances that will impact UK offices? Fibre broadband specialist Glide looks into the future of office tech, and if UK businesses are equipped to keep up with these technological advances.

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How automation is changing jobs, careers, and the future workplace

How automation is changing jobs, careers, and the future workplace | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

In the 1700s, machines were widely introduced into the workforce creating the industrial revolution. During this time machines aided workers, helping produce more goods in less time. They did not replace workers, but aided in completing a worker’s tasks. In the 1940s, automation first entered the workforce to aid with the booming automobile industry. For the first time, machines replaced a human worker’s job.

Since then, automation has grown exponentially and can be found in nearly every industry. Increasingly, human jobs are being displaced and not replaced. See our exploration of this topic in the infographic below:

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The Gig Economy isn’t just for millennials and other trends that will impact society in 2020

The Gig Economy isn’t just for millennials and other trends that will impact society in 2020 | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

There’s a change going on, and while it’s driven by technology, some of the trends in 2020 will not be determined by a specific gadget. Here are 10 trends that we believe the media will cover this year, and have nothing to do with politics. As an agency, we focus on technology, and last month’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) focused on specific cool, innovative and off-beat technology that we may (or may not) want or need. But we feel that it’s important to take a 10,000-foot perspective on the implications of the technology: not just what a particular device does but how it changes what we do and how we live and work.

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Automation Part 2: Your first robot employee

Automation Part 2: Your first robot employee | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

Automation in the workplace will have many forms. The rise of AI could usher in new businesses processes that need little human input. In a world of automation, will businesses be able to integrate these systems with their workforces? The first part of this series covered the expanding use of automation across the business landscape.

Automation in the workplace will have many forms. The rise of AI could usher in new businesses processes that need little human input. In a world of automation, will businesses be able to integrate these systems with their workforces?

The first part of this series covered the expanding use of automation across the business landscape. We took a broad overview of the current state of these technologies. This second part looks at the practical implications of automation and, how a business needs to be ready to take advantage of these systems.

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