Sunday September 03, 2017
Workplaces around the world are being transformed — is it affecting you?
Automation has presented workers with a challenge ever since the Industrial Revolution. There's no denying it's brought us great benefits too.
More from this episode:
- When milking robots were installed, this dairy farm worker's 'fears vanished quickly'
- As automation and computers advance, new hires won't be able to keep up: retiree
- From office to home: how the changing nature of the workplace space is a 'social phenomenon'
Today's workplace is changing dramatically ...again! This time, the automation is much more sophisticated though. Robots, software, communications, and Artificial Intelligence are just a few of the forces transforming workplaces and work culture. Add to that, changing demographics: including an aging workforce, more women and more immigrants.
There's also changing values and expectations. Work is becoming less hierarchical and more collaborative and inclusive. And in addition to all of that, there's changing geography — your co-workers could all be at home ...or on the other side of the planet.
One thing is certain though: the workplace of today is not the same as your parents'. In fact, it's not even the same as 10 years ago. The speed of change is dazzling. Governments, schools, businesses, employers and employees are all pedaling to keep up. Did you know that Canada has a government department that's focused on what change is coming, and what policies might be needed? It's headed by someone whose title is Chief Futurist of Canada!
There's a lot of fear around the issue of automation — you know, that robots will take our jobs. But there's a lot of good stuff happening too and I never heard anyone complain about working from home, or freeing us from drudgery.
The gig economy, artificial intelligence, human enhancement, disruption and crowdsourcing are just a few of the myriad of buzzwords that have now become common when we talk about the new landscape of work. We want to hear your story. Tell us what the landscape looks like from your perspective.
Our question: Workplaces around the world are being transformed — is it affecting you?
Naomi Titleman Colla, Collaborativity Leadership Advisor and former secretary of the HR Committee for the Board of Amex Bank of Canada
Stephen Scatterty, investment advisor based in Bowmanville, Ont.
Scott Stirrett, Executive Director and Founder of Venture for Canada, a not-for-profit that recruits, trains, and supports youth to work at Canadian startups
Agustin Chevez, Adjunct Research Fellow Centre for Design Innovation at Swineburne University in Melbourne, Australia
- Video: Changing Work
- 'As well or better than humans': Robots eye white-collar jobs
- 42% of Canadian jobs at high risk of being affected by automation, study suggests
- Youth and adult wages should not be equal': student
- Coding may not be all it's cracked up to be when it comes to getting a job in the future
- Is it time to tax job-stealing robots?
The Globe and Mail
- So long, Future of Work … Hello, New World of Work
- THE FUTURE OF WORK: Redefining ourselves amid a changing work force
- '80% of jobs in transportation, warehousing, and logistics are susceptible to automation'
- It's human skills not technical skills that we need the most in today's work force
- Three ways your business can leverage artificial intelligence
- Robots versus bureaucrats: Why public sector work is ripe for automation
- Don't be fooled into fearing the coming robot revolution
- Why worry about aging when the robots might save us all?
- A World Without Work
- Would a Work-Free World Be So Bad?
- They're Watching You at Work
- How Many Robots Does It Take to Replace a Human Job?
- The Parts of America Most Susceptible to Automation
- Why 'Do What You Love' Is Pernicious Advice
- The Fourth Industrial Revolution: what it means, how to respond
- 6 ways to make sure AI creates jobs for all and not the few
- Microsoft: The Future of Work (video)
- Forbes: How Remote Work Is Changing And What It Means For Your Future
- The Tyee: Insecurity or Opportunity? Exploring the Future of Work
- BBC: Working from home: The ancient roots of the modern office
- Bloomberg: What You're Missing When You Work From Home
- Entrepreneur: How The World Of Work Is Changing (infographic)
- The Guardian: Actors, teachers, therapists think your job is safe from artificial intelligence? Think again
- The Guardian: Five ways work will change in the future
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