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Data round-up on Millennial attitudes toward automation, pay, work styles, and more (infographic) 
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Data round-up on Millennial attitudes toward automation, pay, work styles, and more (infographic) 

Millennially Minded: What the younger generation thinks about working life in the future

Source: www.raconteur.net

Raconteur's data roundup on Millennials shows them to be bullish on how automation will impact productivity, economic growth, leisure time, and flexibility. They're bearish on how it will influence human interaction, the need for retraining, and job opportunities.

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23 Jan 2018
Free e-book: Black Holes and White Spaces: Reimagining the Future of Work and HR  
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Free e-book: Black Holes and White Spaces: Reimagining the Future of Work and HR  

"Describes tools and frameworks that leaders inside and outside the HR profession can use to transform the HR profession and their organizational success."

Source: www.amazon.com

The book offers a collection of forward-looking advice from over 70 exemplary chief HR officers and other leaders whose mission is to "disruptively accelerate the progress of the HR profession to meet the unprecedented challenges and opportunities of the new world of work."

 

Chris Hood (one of the Founders of WE) contributed to a chapter entitled A Vision of the Workplace in 2025: Doom or Boom?. In it he describes how head-count planning and workforce cost-cutting will be replaced by an adaptive-value model where employees own their own reality and managers make decisions based on work required, rather than head count. 

 

WE all know FM/CRE needs to be talking to HR, right? Here's an easy way to learn about what makes them tick and why that alliance is so critical to workplace success.

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23 Jan 2018
Tips and tricks on inspiring (or not crushing) creativity from IDEO and Fast Company 
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Tips and tricks on inspiring (or not crushing) creativity from IDEO and Fast Company 

Filter bubbles are a problem for democracy. We believe they’re a problem for creativity, too.

Source: www.ideo.com

From IDEO: Escape Your Filter Bubble and Enhance Your Creativity

 

  • Talk to strangers - Bill Murray's recommends conversations with cab drivers
  • Unfollow people like you - it will open your eyes to other perspectives
  • Join a different demographic - Bingo anyone?
  • Volunteer - It brings you eye to eye with people you don't usually hang with (and it will make you feel good)

 

From Fast Company: Expunge these three phrases from the conversation:

 

  • Best Practices - By the time they're 'best' they're stale
  • Return on Investment - Yahoo turned down an offer to buy Google for $1M because it didn't pencil out
  • "When I worked for ..." - It's so yesterday

 

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23 Jan 2018
Is the gig economy really exploding or are we being duped by headlines? 
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Is the gig economy really exploding or are we being duped by headlines? 

"Over the past two decades, the U.S. labor market has undergone a quiet transformation, as companies increasingly forgo full-time employees and fill positions with independent contractors, on-call workers or temps—what economists have called “alternative work arrangements” or the “contingent workforce.”

Source: www.politico.com

While this article focuses on lawmaker concerns about the absense of rights and protections for contingent workers (a worthy topic on its own), what I found even more interesting was the data.

 

A scan of business headlines would lead most to believe the "gig economy" was transforming the world of work. In fact, it isn't. The Uber's, TaskRabbit's, and Upwork's of the world actually account for less than 1% of the contingent workforce (which includes temps, on-call workers, contract workers, independent contractors, and freelancers).*

 

Accurate data on the number of Americans employed under alternative work arrangements is sorely lacking, but the most rigorous estimate puts it at about 16% of the labor force. That number has increased by about 50% in the past decade with independent contractors accounting for most of that growth. During the same period, the number of traditional workers actually declined.

 

The problem in all this is that contingent workers have none of the protections and benefits that employees enjoy. Federal and State regulators are way behind the curve in this important shift.

 

You can view the full report on which this article is based here.

 

* Some estimates of the contingent labor force include also include part-time employees.

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23 Jan 2018
Half of AU/NZ firms expected to have activity-based work settings by 2020 
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Half of AU/NZ firms expected to have activity-based work settings by 2020 

The walls have come down, literally and figuratively. In this space where people come together remarkable things happen. From fledgling concept to fully formed and flourishing; an exploration of the (future) workplace in Australia and New Zealand.

Source: six-ideas.info

In this 35 page report, workplace legends Chris Cane and Chris Alcock share 11 case studies from AU and NZ where two-thirds of the workforce expect to be activity-based working (ABW) by 2020. Half of financial institution employees already do.

Each study includes quantified benefits such as:

  • An increase in net promoter scores, engagement, sustainability scores, speed to decision making, and talent attraction
  • A reduction in real estate costs, churn, and waste

While the banking industry has led the charge, the study indicates that all of the major insurance companies, professional consulting organizations, real estate and property sector, and technology companies have made a move toward ABW.

The authors credit the speed at which ABW has advanced in AU/NZ, at least in part, to the pioneering nature of their population. They are eager to try new and better ways of doing things and not afraid of challenging convention.

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22 Jan 2018
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