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Why we work – Reflections on the Future of Work

Why we work – Reflections on the Future of Work | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

What is ‘work’, and why do we do it? The contemporary conversation about ‘the workplace’, in terms of the geography of work, and the social dynamics of collaboration, and the impacts of technology, against a backdrop of 18 months of enforced separation, risks simplifying a more complex question.

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What are Micro-Credentials and why are so many universities talking about them?

What are Micro-Credentials and why are so many universities talking about them? | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

In a recent survey published by the University Professional and Continuing Education Association, 7 in 10 college leaders say micro-credentialing could help enrollment and revenue.

The study collected responses from 606 campus leaders on a wide range of questions related to credentials.

Not only are 71% of college leaders interested in micro-credentialing, 88% say that micro-credentialing initiatives are aligned with their strategic plans.

All of this begs the question: what is a micro-credential and why are so many college leaders interested in bringing micro-credentialing to their universities?

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The Metaverse: How close are we?

The Metaverse: How close are we? | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it
Some elements of the metaverse exist today, but we’re a ways off from seeing its full potential — or even knowing precisely what it is. How will the metaverse evolve in the next few years?

While the metaverse promises to be unlike any technology we’ve seen before and will change the way we work and play, it will both borrow from lessons learned by innovations and paradigm shifts that have gone before it as well as bring us to uncharted tech territories.

In this special report, we look at what we know about the metaverse and the companies driving it, its security risks, what the gaming industry is showing us, how the metaverse could impact the environment, how to ensure it’s open and interoperable.

Use this special issue to navigate the many facets of the metaverse through our in-depth coverage spanning identity and authentication, simulations, regulation, security, gaming, the environment and more.
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How Fintech is embracing the metaverse

How Fintech is embracing the metaverse | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

At its most basic, a metaverse is a three-dimensional virtual universe that combines augmented and virtual reality with social media technology to create a simulated digital environment.

For some in the digital space, especially video gamers, the idea of the metaverse is easy to understand. Whether it is the (often) mild-mannered virtual spaces of the simulation-based games or the action-packed digital worlds of RPGs and shooters, the idea of adopting a persona and entering a universe radically different from the real one is something gamers have appreciated for years.

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Harvard and Stanford professors predict the Future of Work

Harvard and Stanford professors predict the Future of Work | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

Nicholas Bloom's forecasts that there will be three main future trends, including those who must be in a work setting, remote and hybrid models. Although we’ve been dealing with this for the last two years, it's been haphazard. Since we didn’t know the pandemic would last so long, many of the plans, policies and procedures weren’t made with permanence in mind. Our new reality—one in which we may continually be subjected to various strains of Covid-19, along with new viruses—will make business leaders set a standard for their respective companies.

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El sueño del rector Paul LeBlanc: Una universidad sin calificaciones

El sueño del rector Paul LeBlanc: Una universidad sin calificaciones | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

El experto propone que la forma de medir los aprendizajes se defina antes que el currículum educativo y se enfoque en los deseos de quienes asisten a las aulas.

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Ya no estamos en tiempos de medir a los estudiantes con calificaciones. Estamos en tiempos de medir sus fuerzas de cambio: brecha de ejecusión, pensamiento cognitivo superior, flujo de conocimiento y recursos, escalabilidad de aprendizaje, retorno de activos, motivación, persistencia, resiliencia...

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Four cool ideas to decorate your Virtual Office

Four cool ideas to decorate your Virtual Office | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

While there are a number of benefits to working in a virtual office (easy collaboration, flexible hours, and working from home), one of the most fun perks is being able to fully customize your office space in a matter of minutes. From changing furniture to adding personalized photos, it is easy to make your Metaverse office a space that is comfortable and productive for your day-to-day work and meetings.

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Why knowing the skills of your workforce matters

Why knowing the skills of your workforce matters | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

The good news is that according to PwC, 77% of adults would learn new skills now or completely retrain to improve their future employability. Sadly though, employees think it’s easier to find a new job outside their company than inside. In this time of the “Great Resignation,” employees are increasingly prioritizing job opportunities that promise career growth, skills development, learning opportunities and flexibility.

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El 77% de los empleados quieren (re)adiestrarse en nuevas habilidades, destrezas y competencias digitales. Esto evidencia nuestros planteamientos de que la Universidad debería enfocarse en nuevos nichos de aprendices que necesitan expandir sus horizontes. Los egresados de la Escuela Superior ya no son los únicos estudiantes. Lo que la Universidad del Siglo 20 no quiera, no pueda o no sepa hacer, lo terminará haciendo los organismos educativos alternativos y EdTech startups del siglo 21...

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Trabajo Asíncrono ¿Aún no conoces el modelo de trabajo del futuro?

Trabajo Asíncrono ¿Aún no conoces el modelo de trabajo del futuro? | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

Trabajar de forma asíncrona se entiende como la manera de trabajar en equipo de manera diferida en el tiempo, es decir, en distintos momentos del día. Y su principal diferencia con los modelos de trabajo tradicionales radica en que no se espera que todo el mundo esté disponible y trabaje en las mismas franjas horarias.

Para plasmar estas diferencias, desde mmhmm se basan en lo que denominan “la jerarquía de la comunicación”: una pirámide que clasifica las reuniones en persona y las conversaciones virtuales en directo (formas de trabajo sincrónicas) y la comunicación unidireccional, como las grabaciones de vídeo (formas de comunicación asíncronas).

El teletrabajo actualmente está mal entendido por gran parte de las compañías, que confunden el trabajar en remoto con realizar el trabajo desde casa en las mismas condiciones y formas que se hacía en la oficina.

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Las Oficinas de Recursos Humanos que solo funcionan para rellenar documentos impresos deberían DESAPARECER con todo y su personal...

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Estas serán las 5 tendencias tecnológicas más importantes de 2022

Estas serán las 5 tendencias tecnológicas más importantes de 2022 | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

Las primeras pinceladas de la imagen mental que formamos del futuro dibujan un mundo en el que las reuniones de trabajo seguirán siendo en una oficina, pero virtual. Así como los amigos seguirán quedando para pasar la tarde, pero los que asistirán a la quedada serán sus avatares. Al final son conceptos que ya se han desarrollado hasta la saciedad. No obstante, esto es solo una ínfima parte de como la tecnología cambiará la sociedad y el director de productos de Adobe, Scott Belsky, es bien consciente de ello.

Según este experto, existen cinco tendencias concretas que marcarán el futuro más cercano de la tecnología, aspectos que dirigirán la forma en que cada persona participa en el conjunto y desarrolla su vida dentro del trabajo y la sociedad.

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Building an inclusive metaverse starts now. Here's how

Building an inclusive metaverse starts now. Here's how | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

After worldwide anticipation of a big post-pandemic reopening, a new COVID-19 variant has effectively put those plans on hold in many countries; and most of us, by now, are resigned to the permanence of some form of virtual work.

From our experience managing the workplaces of over six million users, DXC Technology knows that many workers feel torn between the freedom and flexibility of remote work and the desire to reconnect with colleagues and clients. A Microsoft Work Trend Index study from March highlights this dichotomy. Over 70% of workers want flexible remote work options to continue, while over 65% crave more in-person time with their teams. The evolution of immersive virtual technologies could now enable organizations to give their employees the best of both worlds.

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The future of work is forcing an evolution in leadership

The future of work is forcing an evolution in leadership | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

The economic reality of the pandemic forced leaders to accelerate their digital transformation efforts or shift their organization’s focus entirely to meet new consumer needs. As a result of those changing customer needs—and amid labor shortages—employees needed to be reskilled or upskilled to take on new roles. In a new, remote environment, this tested agility, vision, and resource prioritization for many companies.

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The Metaverse: A different perspective

The Metaverse: A different perspective | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

The metaverse "is bringing together people, processes, data, and things (real and virtual) to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before-turning information into actions that create new capabilities, richer experiences, and unprecedented economic opportunity for businesses, individuals, and countries". In simple terms, the metaverse is the intelligent connection of people, processes, data, and things. It describes a world where billions of objects have sensors to detect, measure, and assess their status, all connected over public or private networks using standard and proprietary protocols.

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Cada vez teletrabajamos mejor: La productividad en remoto se ha disparado desde el inicio de la pandemia

Cada vez teletrabajamos mejor: La productividad en remoto se ha disparado desde el inicio de la pandemia | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

Según señalan los datos del último informe del grupo de estudio WFH Research. Este documento señala que en los últimos seis meses la productividad de los teletrabajadores ha aumentado de forma exponencial y los profesionales que trabajan en remoto serían hasta un 3% más eficientes que a principios de 2021. Los autores de la investigación atribuyen esta mejora a la inversión en herramientas más adecuadas para desempeñar las funciones profesionales en casa, la formación y la adaptación a esta nueva realidad.

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Accedan al reporte: Survey of Working Arrangements and Attitudes (SWAA)

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Metaverse events are here, so what are the benefits?

Metaverse events are here, so what are the benefits? | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

The possibilities of hosting events in the metaverse have widened immensely over the past 12 months. This is partly due to the pandemic, but also down to the public’s ever-increasing understanding of what the metaverse actually is.

When Facebook rebranded to Meta, the metaverse concept sparked public interest. The term not only stuck in people’s minds, but it drove a level of intrigue into the metaverse not seen before. Soon after, big brands announced they were experimenting with VR, leading to the rise of the ‘Metaverse for Business’ concept. Momentum is growing, and 2022 looks to be a defining year for the metaverse.

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Signs of a High-Trust Environment

Signs of a High-Trust Environment | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

In the era of great awakening, leaders have to step up and be conscious about building trust with people they work with.

The old rules and hierarchies, that were already becoming obsolete, have now been thrown out of the window. People look for integration of work and well-being knowing that work is what you do, not a place you go to.

Opportunities are abound and excellent people have ample choices (they always had). It is high time that organizations and leaders think this through carefully to first align their own mindset to this new reality and then take conscious actions to build teams, practices and processes that are not just high-performing but also have a strong fabric of trust woven in.

Employees, after all, are volunteers who exercise their choice of working with you. Effective leadership is about making it worth for them.

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Great Resignation supports more hybrid work, may lead to holograms

Great Resignation supports more hybrid work, may lead to holograms | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it
  • Technology will have an outsized role in how companies implement their hybrid models.
  • Hybrid work requires more intentionality than fully remote or fully in-person work, says Kate Lister, president of Global Workplace Analytics.
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4 workplace habits you shouldn't bring back to the Office Post-Pandemic

4 workplace habits you shouldn't bring back to the Office Post-Pandemic | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

As the pace of vaccinations accelerates and states loosen mask-wearing and social-distancing restrictions, employers are spending a lot of time determining how to safely bring people back into the office. But health and safety measures aren't the only aspects of workplaces that need to evolve. Leaders should use this opportunity to part ways with office norms that no longer serve their employees--and maybe never did.

While it's natural to want to return to "the way things were," instead of harping on nostalgia and what will be missed, you need to think about the long-term changes you can make in how your office works rather than temporary changes driven by the pandemic.

Here are four things I believe will make the office better if we leave them in the pre-pandemic era:

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The 5 biggest virtual, augmented and mixed reality trends in 2022

The 5 biggest virtual, augmented and mixed reality trends in 2022 | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

Extended reality (XR) is a catch-all term that covers virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR). In the very simplest terms, VR involves putting on a headset to enter a fully immersive, 3D digital environment, AR involves using a phone or glasses to overlay computer images on top of the real world, and MR can be a combination of both technologies.
The 5 Biggest Virtual, Augmented And Mixed Reality Trends In 2022 | Bernard Marr

Although they achieve it in different ways, they all involve new ways of interacting and experiencing our increasingly digital world. As more and more of our lives – work, socializing, shopping, entertainment – move online, these new ways of interfacing with reality mean we can experience them in ways that are richer and more immersive. In working and professional environments, this means a greater ability to collaborate on projects with colleagues in digital spaces. In entertainment, it means games and activities that feel more “real” than ever before.

This digitization of our lives has accelerated greatly since the start of the pandemic, leading to a growth in interest and innovation around XR and virtual worlds. So here’s a look at some of the key trends that are involved, and how we can expect them to continue shaping our lives throughout 2022 and beyond:

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The changing world of work: 5 new ideas from Management Review

The changing world of work: 5 new ideas from Management Review | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

According to Malone, the collective intelligence of remote teams is little different than teams meeting face to face. That’s because where people work matters less than how the work is done and who does it.

 

The how is a matter of collaboration. This is most effective when two things happen: the individuals with the best skills to accomplish a given task take the lead on it, and all tasks are assigned so nothing is left unfinished. The who extends beyond professional skills to encompass social skills, especially the perception of subtle nonverbal cues that are critical to coordinating work.

 

Supporting remote teams does involve changes to business processes. For example, constant communication may not be as effective as bursts of rapid communication followed by periods of silence, as this encourages both high-energy collaboration and focused time for work. This may disrupt the way companies have traditionally operated, but Malone indicates it’s worth considering given the range of benefits of remote work — especially the ability to assemble a diverse team when physical location is no longer a constraint.

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8 best Coworking Spaces for Hybrid Work

8 best Coworking Spaces for Hybrid Work | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

While there are some stalwarts who have a Canute-like passion to hold back the tide of remote working, the pandemic has firmly fixed the demand for flexibility in most office workers minds. They’ve tried it, it works for them, they’re more productive – it’s just not going away. Companies who opt for hybrid working will see their approach evolve as they get more experience of what works and what doesn’t and hopefully move forward in consultation with their staff rather than handing down tablets of stone from their CEOs. As companies move away from hybrid work models that mandate that staff come to the office for a set number of days each week into more flexible arrangements, the availability of on-demand office and meeting space will become very important. Even the companies who continue to work a set number of days from offices may find that in time they can get rid of office buildings and just top up the space they need, when they need it, with coworking spaces.

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The use of the Metaverse in the Digital Workplace

The use of the Metaverse in the Digital Workplace | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

Leaving aside questions as to what the metaverse is — or even if it actually exists, as suggested in a recent Washington Post article — the Lenovo survey of 7,500 working adults across the U.S., U.K., Brazil, Singapore, China and Japan in November 2021 shows nearly half (44 percent) of employees are prepared to work in the metaverse, compared to 20 percent who say they are unwilling to work with the technology, 21 percent who are neutral and 15 percent who are not sure.

While 44 percent think the metaverse will improve their work productivity, three in five (59 percent) question whether their employers are currently investing enough in IT to help them maximize their productivity.

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Companies adopt Flexible Work approaches as they plan for the future of work

Companies adopt Flexible Work approaches as they plan for the future of work | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

The traditional idea of going to the office five days a week or working 9 to 5 may be dying. Some companies are making room for more creative and flexible approaches to getting workers to do their jobs.

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We all say we value Transferable Skills, and yet… 

We all say we value Transferable Skills, and yet…  | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

Has there ever been a phrase as overused and under-defined as “transferable skills”?

It’s often raised up like some sort of universal solution to all your talent needs:

 

  • Looking for a career change? Highlight your transferable skills!
  • Can’t find talent to fill your roles? Hire people with transferable skills!
  • Need to create a project team and can’t hire new workers?
  • Leverage transferable skills!
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Meetings in the Metaverse: Is this the future of events and conferences?

Meetings in the Metaverse: Is this the future of events and conferences? | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

The metaverse is a virtual world just as real and dynamic as the one we exist in — yet housed entirely online. Although virtual events are nothing new — people have been attending webcasts and live-streamed sessions for years, even before the pandemic — the metaverse has the potential to take these experiences to the next level. As the president of a company that offers a virtual event platform, I’ve seen users driving demand for more interactive online experiences where they can fully and easily participate in sessions, network with peers, identify new leads and, most importantly, nurture human interaction.

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[PDF] Architecting the Future of Work

[PDF] Architecting the Future of Work | Edumorfosis.Work | Scoop.it

COVID showed us that work from home is not a reward or a fallback scenario – it’s a reality and a potential competitive advantage. Companies can now re-write the rulebook beyond place and time to align work with corporate, employee, and societal goals.

 

Faced with the tide of employee mobility known as “the great resignation,” firms must give employees a reason to stay and a reason to go back to the office. Part of that could be redefining what work is, how it’s done, and where it’s done. To be competitive, companies must provide the tools and benefits a modern, mobile workforce expects.

 

Without a new vision, companies will fall into the old habits which made finding and retaining a diverse workforce difficult. New challenges may force firms to adapt or, better yet, companies can take a leadership position to redefine workforce management with automation and enlightened measures of productivity. HR leaders have the opportunity to move from reactive administrators to proactive designers of a new mode of working.

 

Capgemini can help. We talked with nearly two dozen CHROs from companies of all sizes across North America to gather insights about their challenges and the lessons learned as they grapple with workforce management and creating news strategies for post-pandemic work.

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