Workplace of the Future

Chris Nerney's take on the latest developments in mobile and workplace technology

The next step in AI-based meeting management

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Microsoft this spring has been rolling out intelligent features in Outlook designed to make work meetings both easier to schedule and more productive. The new features appear in Outlook’s email application and calendar. It seems like a pretty good marriage of artificial intelligence (AI) and enterprise productivity needs — and done in a way that […]

The internet will always be there for you. Or not.

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Digital transformation as we know it would be impossible without the internet. This global network of connected computers and devices enables us to access information, resources, and services, to transact business, to communicate and collaborate in real time from anywhere in the world, to entertain and educate ourselves, and more. Without the internet, everyone would […]

Surviving digital transformation will require self-reliance

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This post at first may seem like a bit of a downer. It is not meant to be! Rather, it should serve as a reality check for what lies ahead in the next two decades, when we’ll see technology-driven workplace disruption occurring at a pace that will leave — and already is leaving — major […]

Not everyone wants to be part of the gig economy

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My father worked for Bell Telephone Company for 42 years, retiring only after the company was split up in 1984. I mostly had full-time jobs over the course of my writing and editing career, until I was laid off 10 years ago. Since then I’ve been an official member of the “gig economy,” juggling clients […]

Don’t trap your workers in an “open office”

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I’ve been working from my home for the past 20 years, a situation for which I am extremely grateful. It has all the advantages you could imagine. There’s no stressful, time-wasting commute. I control of my environment and have the flexibility to set my own schedule and take breaks without raising eyebrows. Plus I’m always […]

3 entry-level tech jobs that pay at least $100,000 (and a fourth that comes close)

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These are not your father’s (or mother’s) entry-level salaries. Comparably, a platform that provides anonymous data on compensation, recently crunched some crazy numbers to determine which technology jobs pay the most for people just entering the workforce. Turns out plenty of them offer the kind of compensation that not too long ago would have been […]

Fax To the Future: Why an office relic continues to thrive in the digital era

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Want to get a laugh out of a coworker who urgently needs information on that important project? Tell them you’ll fax it right over! Granted, you might have to explain that punchline to someone from Generation Z, because faxing probably is even older than their parents. But for all the jokes about fax machines being […]

Change is scary. Disruption is scary. Being left behind is scarier

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The world of work is about to change dramatically. Truthfully, it already has been for some time, driven by stunning  advances in digital technology and a shift in the job market toward a gig economy. But the already torrid pace of change will accelerate over the next 15 years, rendering unrecognizable many of the tools […]

Want great digital leaders in your organization? Look for these traits

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Enterprise leaders spend a lot of time trying to determine which technologies will best enable digital transformation. Likewise, they give a lot of thought to the types of skills employees need now and in the future to help their organizations meet strategic business objectives, often devoting considerable time and expense to recruiting and/or training. But […]

If you can’t think strategically, you may be out of a job

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A new study from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) underscores the daunting training challenges facing organizations and employees around the world in adapting to job requirements in the workplace of the future. OECD research projects roughly one-third of jobs (32%) in the 32 countries analyzed “are likely to see significant changes in […]