Workplace of the Future

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

The future of smartphones may be in your mind

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The smartphone’s days are numbered, thanks in part to market saturation, lack of any significant technological breakthroughs in recent years, and the need of manufacturers to avoid commoditization, which forces down prices and destroys margins. Technology research firm IDC said in December that it expects worldwide smartphone shipments to decline by 3% in 2018, the […]

This year’s most in-demand tech jobs

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Staffing agency Robert Half International has identified the 13 most hard-to-staff technology jobs for 2019, including average salary ranges for each position along with the skills and experience needed to be a successful candidate. While Robert Half’s report is designed as a resource for enterprises looking to hire people, it also serves as a useful […]

In the tech-dominated future workplace, human skills will be more critical than ever

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Learn how to code. Become versed in data analytics. Think strategically. Be highly adaptable. Commit to ongoing education and retraining for, well, the rest of your work life! These are typical of the advice offered to workers if they want to flourish in an economy increasingly driven and dominated by technological advances. You know, that […]

Four-day workweeks may be in your future. Is that good or bad?

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The five-day, 40-hour workweek is not written in stone, as those of us who work more than 40 hours and on weekends can attest. But it is, for lack of a better term, the “standard” workweek in modern times, and certainly an improvement over the 12 hours a day, six days a week that workers […]

Want a business edge? Share IoT data with your employees

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Enterprises will continue to invest heavily in Internet of Things (IoT) technology in 2019 and beyond to take advantage of the cost and process efficiencies provided by machine-to-machine communications and automation. A recent survey by Zebra Technologies shows that enterprises increased IoT investments by 4% in 2018, averaging $4.6 million annually. Nearly nine in 10 […]

The people part of digital transformation is crucial

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Enterprises are struggling to find workers with the skills and experience to help them succeed in the digital economy. Developers, cybersecurity professionals, data analysts, and more tech-oriented workers are in short supply, forcing organizations to pay top dollar for fresh talent, invest in upskilling current employees, or both. All of which makes for a demand-driven […]

You don’t have to be a remote worker to feel lonely on the job

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Loneliness and isolation are occupational hazards for remote workers, as any remote worker (including myself) can tell you. But loneliness and isolation also can impact enterprise employees who work in the office. That’s because we now rely so much on digital tools — such as emails, text messages, collaboration software, etc. — that we can […]

How to ensure your employees fail in the workplace of the future

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As artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, robotics, and other intelligent technologies transform the workplace, enterprise employees are being told they must become highly adaptable and be committed to learning throughout their careers to ensure their relevance. Likewise, enterprise leaders are advised that success in the fast-moving digital economy relies on their ability to harness the […]

“Ethical” AI is a great idea, but is it possible?

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Concerns about “evil” machines have been around about as long as the science fiction genre, but these fears have taken on added urgency in recent years as machines that can think and act have become increasingly commonplace. Yet there are no inherently “evil” machines. Instead, the conclusions drawn (and actions taken) by AI-powered systems and […]

Predictive evaluations: Using AI to reward (or punish) employees for future performance

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Human resources professionals are (or soon will be) using artificial intelligence (AI) to recruit and interview job candidates, to measure an employee’s value, and to conduct performance assessments. The next step — which some companies are already taking — is to use AI to assess not past, but expected future performance. From Bloomberg‘s Rebecca Greenfield: Using […]