Workplace of the Future

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

Algorithm bosses: No yelling, but lots of micromanaging

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Enterprise workers today use technologies such as computers, smartphones, mobile apps, and cloud platforms as tools that allow them to be more productive and efficient. In the workplace of the future, however, the stakes will be raised: Employees will collaborate and interact with advanced technologies such as algorithms, robots, and artificial intelligence (AI). And some […]

Digital green shoots: New opportunities arising from disruption

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There’s no getting around it: Technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, robotics, and automatic will disrupt most or all industries in the next two decades. And disruption means specific jobs and even entire industries will go away. Whether future technologies will result in a net gain or loss of jobs has been a […]

Biggest concerns about the workplace of the future

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The workplace of the future promises many benefits, including greater location flexibility for workers, better collaboration tools, and “smart” offices. But the workplace of the future will be no utopia, particularly for IT professionals who are responsible for integrating and securing new technologies, enabling employee productivity, and controlling costs. A recent IDG survey of IT […]

Is technology severing the human connection in the workplace?

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So many new technologies have emerged in the past decade — and so many more are in the process of emerging — that it’s easy to miss larger trends amid this constant stream of new devices, collaboration platforms, cloud-based services, and other products of the digital era that are transforming the workplace. But they are […]

Workplace productivity: AI, music, and mood control

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Recent research suggests that music can affect a worker’s productivity and creativity. Awesome! Enterprise leaders merely have to pipe some music into that office and watch the transformational magic ensue! The problem with doing that is not everyone is motivated or inspired by the same music. The hip hop lover’s rapture may be the classic […]

Larger trends impacting business growth (for good and bad)

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In my most recent two posts, I discussed results of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) 2018 Future of Jobs report. Well, guess what? I am not done! That’s because the WEF report is massive, and I can’t do it justice in one or two posts. While I’ve already covered 1) how the report predicts artificial […]

How to stay relevant in the future economy

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The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) 2018 Future of Jobs report is an exhaustive piece of research on how technology will impact the global economy and workforce over the next few years. As I wrote recently, the WEF report predicts the net effect of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, robots, algorithms, and automation on employment will […]

AI, robots will help create far more jobs than they cost, World Economic Forum argues

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Machines will do more than half of all labor in the workforce by 2025, according to a massive study by the World Economic Forum (WEF). Automation and intelligent machines already have made strong inroads into the workplace; machines put in nearly one-third (29%) of total hours worked in 2018, versus the 71% logged by humans. […]

Finding the right balance between technology and people when pursuing digital transformation

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When we talk about the workplace of the future, we tend to focus on the impact of technology — because technology is a massive driver of change. Technology not only impacts how we do our jobs, it can impact where we do our work (think mobile devices and wireless networks). Technology even plays a role […]

Want a six-figure salary? Tech is the place to be

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If you’re reading this, you probably are employed in the technology field. In which case, I have very good news: There’s an excellent chance you’re making a six-figure salary — or will eventually. OK, maybe not if you’re working the reception desk (though don’t rule it out!), but according to data from jobs and recruiting […]