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We hope it provides some interesting perspectives – and therefore some inspiration – on the myriad ways in which the future of work is emerging and evolving, a subject that's obviously pretty close to our heart. 

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2 April 2019: Is this the age of the four-day week? The Guardian article by Robert Booth

Many firms are converting to shorter working hours and finding out that they can be a win-win-win scenario - bringing benefits to employees, clients and customers, and ultimately, the bottom line.


The Guardian's social affairs correspondent, Robert Booth, writes that there's emerging evidence that a four-day working week can boost productivity for bosses and happiness for workers. "Playgrounds, garden centres and gymnasiums are filling up on Fridays with people extending their leisure into a five-day working week that has been a staple of western culture since Henry Ford adopted it in 1926," he writes. 


Discover more here.

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2 April 2019: Are you ready for the rise of hybrid jobs? Fortune article by Anne Fisher

Fortune Magazine reports on the emergence of hybrid jobs, which we'd wager are only just starting to take shape; as technology automates the more mundane aspects of our work, many jobs will merge and transform completely.


The secret though, as Fortune suggests, is to turn yourself into a 'purple squirrel'.


Curious? Read on.


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1 April 2019: Human contact is now a luxury good. The New York Times article by Nellie Bowles

Screens used to be for the elite. Now avoiding them is a status symbol, argues NYT technology reporter Nellie Bowles: "Life for anyone but the very rich — the physical experience of learning, living and dying — is increasingly mediated by screens... Not only are screens themselves cheap to make, but they also make things cheaper. .. The texture of life, the tactile experience, is becoming smooth glass."


This article makes us super sad. The NYT is suggesting that human contact has the potential to become a premium product, only available to those who can afford it. “What we are seeing now is the luxurification of human engagement” , the suggestion being that digital interaction will become the mainstream solve-all for social issues, and VIP velvet rope human service will be reserved for the mega-rich. Not if we have anything to do with it! Read Nellie's thoughts here.

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31 March 2019: Banks of the future must maintain the human touch. Scottish Financial News article

An interesting piece of research commissioned by CYBG, owner of, among others, Clydesdale Bank and Virgin Money, found that of 2000 bank customers surveyed, 81% felt that continued human contact was critically important.


Whilst a small sample group, it goes some way to show that human interaction in business will provide significant competitive edge. Hurrah! 


Read more here.


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1 March 2019: Finland's universal basic income experiment fails to boost employment - but makes people happier. The Guardian article by John Henley

Finland recently rolled out Europe’s first national government-backed experiment in giving citizens 'free cash' - and while it failed to encourage its participants to work more, as organisers had hoped, it did improve their wellbeing, making them happier and healthier.


Universal Basic Income – or UBI – has broad appeal politically, as it's seen as a route to cutting poverty and inequality, in addition to being a potential road to a leaner, less bureaucratic welfare system. 


Has the experiment undermined the notion that paid employment is the cure to all ills? And is UBI likely to revolutionise the world of work? Read more here

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1 March 2019: Generation Z teens and the challenges they face. The Independent article by Alex Matthews-King

Despite a fall in smoking, drugs and antisocial behaviour, Generation Z teenagers face more mental health problems than previous generations, according to the latest research from the UK's Royal College of Psychiatrists.


The study serves as a wake-up call to the different pressures today’s teenagers are facing - and as more and more people from this generation start to enter the workforce, what are the issue we increasingly need to be tuning into, in order to better understand the challenges this cohort faces?


Discover more in Alex Matthews-King's article  here.

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28 February 2019: Excellence is overrated. Let’s embrace being good enough instead. The Guardian article by André Spicer

"We live in a society obsessed with being exceptional. Whether it is as workers, parents, students, lovers or cooks, we are expected to be outstanding. We must strive to be the best employee, craft an outstanding body, have an amazing relationship, all while being exceptionally happy. Even the most ordinary institutions also are expected to be nothing less than excellent. Companies want to be 'world class', schools have become 'academies of excellence', and humble local GP surgeries strive to be 'outstanding”' Being good enough is seen as simply not good enough."


André Spicer is professor of organisational behaviour at the Cass Business School at City, University of London, and he argues that while striving for excellence can bring positive outcomes, it can also lead to negative ones - fuelling inequality and 'insecure achievers' among them.


So should we just settle on being 'good enough' in our ongoing quest for work/life fulfilmentRead his thoughts here.  

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23 January 2019: Cal Newport on Why We'll Look Back on Our Smartphones Like CigarettesGQ article by Clay Skipper

Cal Newport is an associate professor of computer science at Georgetown University. His specialist area is how to maintain focus and remain productive in the digital age and his previous book Deep Work was a bestseller. In anticipation of his soon to be published latest book Digital Minimalism, Newport discusses the 21st Century epidemic of technology addiction.


"We're not properly valuing attention capital. We're not properly valuing how to get the right return out of human brains", he writes.


This is an essential read for anyone pondering the challenge of workplace productivity. Discover more here.  

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15 January 2019: Everyone Hates Open Offices. Here's Why They Still Exist. Fast Company article by Katharine Schwab​

If you've ever been sat in an open plan office, unable to settle into your workload and wondering why everyone else things open work spaces are the best thing since sliced bread, then this article is for you. 


It turns out that the trend for open plan offices was more of an accident than deliberate design and that they're far from everybody's cup of tea.


Read the full article here.   

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10 January 2019: Why perks no longer cut it for workersWall Street Journal article by Sue Shellenbarger

As we've thought all along, it turns out that workers and employees are more motivated by a sense of belonging within their workplaces than anything else, and that a strong sense of engagement enables organisations to weather downturns and recessions more successfully than others who merely pay it lip-service. Citing research from Gallup and referencing several case studies, this article provides compelling evidence for engagement and belonging as the essential organisational future-proofing ingredient. Go Team Human! 


Read Sue Shellenbarger's article here.   

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12 December 2018: What is 'hustle porn' and is it the most dangerous thing in tech? The Independent article by Anthony Cuthbertson

"Unless you are suffering, unless you are grinding... You're not working hard enough," claimed Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian at a recent Web summit. 


He went on to state that the glorification of long working hours, or 'hustle porn', has become a dangerous trend among tech workers that is putting people's mental and physical health at risk.


Read more about this trend here.  

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11 December 2018: Why coasting at work is the best thing for your career, health and happinessThe Guardian article by André Spicer

A recent study has found that a third of us say we are ‘coasting’ in our jobs.


"Perhaps coasters are not a drag on productivity. Maybe they have worked out that the secret to a productive and healthy life is not being too busy, and certainly not going on about how busy you are", ponders André Spicer in The Guardian 


Have these folks worked out the key to a good life? Read the article here.  

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10 December 2018: Alarm over prospect of implanting UK employees with microchips. The Guardian article by Julia Kollewe 

The CBI, Britain’s biggest employer organisation, and the TUC, the UK's main trade union body, have expressed disquiet over the prospect of companies implanting staff with microchips to improve security, writes Julia Kollowe in The Guardian


With UK firm BioTeq, which offers the implants to businesses and individuals, having already fitted 150 implants in the UK, is this a glimpse of a dystopian future that erodes an element of a worker's right to privacy?


Read her article here.  

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5 November 2018: ‘Miserable staff don't make money’: the firms that have switched to a four-day week. The Guardian article on work-life balance by Coco Kahn

Might the four-day working week be the answer to Britain’s productivity shortfall?


"British people work some of the longest hours in Europe, but are among the least productive. Now some companies are shortening the working week to increase efficiency, health and happiness", writes Coco Kahn in The Guardian


Read her article here.  

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2 November 2018: The gig economy looking increasingly less like it will be the future of work. CBS News article 

"From Uber to TaskRabbit to YourMechanic, so-called gig work has been widely seen as ideal for people who want the flexibility and independence that traditional jobs don't offer. Yet the evidence is growing that over time, these jobs don't deliver the financial returns many expect..."


So, will the gig economy be reshaping the workforce to the extent that some claim?


Discover more here

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1 November 2018: Meet The New Breed of the Gig Economy: The Slash WorkerAnd Co article by Leif Abraham

"People are increasingly diversifying their income sources. Contrary to prior generations, Slash Workers have shrugged the 'single profession, single employer' model in favor of building a portfolio of career opportunities for themselves.


Their happiness comes from the ability to switch gears often, try different professions, and apply and learn a broader skillset. In turn, this diversification gives them greater job security than their traditional 'one profession, one employer' counterparts. If one job breaks away, the traditional worker is out of a job, but the Slash Worker has multiple legs to stand on and therefore will likely have a smaller risk of unemployment."


Read more here.

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10 October 2018: Could you retire early? The Guardian Pass Notes on Retirement Planning
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The Fire Movement, founded by US blogger Peter Adenay, think they may have come across the magic formula.


Does the secret to never having to work again lie in a combination of diligent saving and an almost fanatical resistance to modern consumer culture: no debt, no needless or irrational spending? And does it work for everyone?


Discover more here.  

9 October 2018: Robots in the workplace 'could create double the jobs they destroy'. World Economic report

The World Economic Forum report suggests new technologies have the capacity to both disrupt and create new ways of working


According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), about 133m jobs globally could be created with the help of rapid technological advances in the workplace over the next decade, compared with 75m that could be displaced.

Read more here

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8 October 2018: Do we have to choose between being a good parent and good at our job? The Guardian article by Matthew Beard

According to work-life guru Sheryl Sandberg, “Framing the issue of work-life balance – as if the two were dramatically opposed – practically ensures work will lose out. Who would ever choose work over life?”


Australian moral philosopher Matthew Beard of The Ethics Centre writes that the purpose of work-life balance is to help people to flourish, live happy lives outside of work and develop into well-rounded human beings – and that in order to achieve that, we need to let people be well-rounded at work too.


Read his article here

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13 September 2018: The Challenge of Scaling Soft Skills. MIT Sloan Management Review article by Lynda Gratton

As digital transformation gathers pace across all of business, we become increasingly aware that many of the tasks we held responsibility for in the past will, in the future, be undertaken by machine. 

Future of Work expert Lynda Gratton takes a look at the hurdles that need to be overcome to develop en masse the soft, and deeply human, skills that computers aren't able to replicate and that will underpin career success in an increasingly digital and automated future. 

Read her article

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12 September 2018: The Brave New World of HR. Let's Talk Talent article by Jo Taylor

Jo Taylor has enjoyed a successful career in Talent Management, working for big brands including Talk Talk, Channel 4 and the BBC

As someone clearly in a position to know, Jo shines a light on what's not working in Talent Acquisition and Management and 
how organisations need to evolve and adapt to ensure continued access to the talent required for future commercial success.


Read her insights here.

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1 September 2018: Thanks to AI, the need for humans to work for survival may soon be at an end. The Independent article by Gianmarco Raddi

The global workforce has been reduced by neoliberalism to an alienated, lonely precariat obsessed with hyperindividualism, a twisted modern spin on human creativity, argues Gianmarco Raddi, in this Independent Long Read:


"If we manage our technological development right, the 'Golden Age' of work needn’t be behind, but ahead of us. For this to happen, we might need to let work as we know it die and be reborn to reach its full potential. Then we will discover whether this 21st Century phoenix can truly bring about utopia." 

Discover more

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7 August 2018: Why you too will be working two jobs by 2030 (and probably loving it). The Independent article by Kate Hughes

As workplace and workforce shifts continue to challenge traditional employment models, The Independent's Money Editor, Kate Hughes, has written about the emerging trend for having two income streams in parallel - otherwise known as the rise of the 'side hustle'.

This goes deeper than a financial necessity and suggests we may be facing a future where having several chargeable projects running in parallel might become the new normal for some.

Read Kate's article 

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7 August 2018: From planking to pizzas: the new rules for a successful meeting. The Guardian Work & Careers article

"Amazon employees sit in silence – while Tesla advocates walking out if you aren’t adding value. But how can you stop wasting your life in pointless meetings?"

Discover the new rules, as The Guardian writers Jenny Stevens and Phil Daoust provide an expert guide

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6 August 2018: Employers are monitoring computers, toilet breaks – even emotions. Is your boss watching you? The Guardian article by Emine Saner

Ever get that feeling that someone's watching you?

As Emine Saner writes in The Guardian, "From microchip implants to wristband trackers and sensors that can detect fatigue and depression, new technology is enabling employers to watch staff in more and more intrusive ways. How worried should we be?" 

Read about the implications of the emerging workplace monitoring landscape here.

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17 July 2018: Future Of Work: Research Shows Millennials, Gen Xers And Baby Boomers Make Better Decisions Together.  
Forbes article by Erik Larson

Erik Larson (CEO and founder of Cloverpop, a software platform for communicating, tracking and improving workplace decisions) argues: "As people live longer and more productive lives, the range of ages in the workforce continues to expand. At the same time, the digital transformation of work is bringing new tools and systems to solve old problems and create new opportunities. It’s time to purposefully combine those two trends and unlock the power of multi-generational decision-making teams at work."

Read more here.​

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17 July 2018: 4 Ways to Create a Learning Culture on Your Team. Harvard Business Review article by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic & Josh Bersin
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Technology is disrupting every industry and area of life, and work is no exception. One of the main career implications of the digital revolution is a shift in demand for human expertise. LinkedIn’s talent research shows that half of today’s most in-demand skills weren’t even on the list three years ago.

Consequently, there is now a premium on intellectual curiosity and learnability, the desire and ability to quickly grow and adapt one’s skill set to remain employable. Read about the implications of the morphing landscape here.​

16 July 2018: Automation, skills use and training​. OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Paper.​

This study focuses on the risk of automation and its interaction with training and the use of skills at work. Building on the expert assessment carried out by Carl Frey and Michael Osborne in 2013, the paper estimates the risk of automation for individual jobs based on the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC). 

The analysis improves on other international estimates of the individual risk of automation by using a more disaggregated occupational classification. 
Read more here.​

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8 June 2018: 7 skills needed to survive the changing world of work. World Economic Forum article.​
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While this article is targeted specifically at the prerequisite skills our children will need to navigate the complexities of the future world of work, we feel the list is equally relevant for an adult audience! 

Read the article here.​

7 June 2018: Coming of Age Digitally. MIT SMR & Deloitte report​

​In exploring the journey towards digital transformation, this report identifies the key requirements of the future CIO, as an enabler and facilitator within their organisations. 

Read more here.​

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6 June 2018: Skill shift: Automation and the Future of the Workforce. McKinsey report​
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"The need for finely tuned social and emotional skills will rapidly grow". 

In this May 2018 analysis, McKinsey presents its suggestions for some of the key human skills that will be required in the automated workplace. 

Read the report here.​

10 May 2018: A new generational contract. Resolution Foundation report

A newly published report by the Resolution Foundation entitled "A New Generational Contract" outlines the employment and financial challenges faced by younger cohorts.

In our opinion, it goes some way to perhaps explain the behaviours that seemingly exasperate many employers at times.

Read more here.​

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9 April 2018: How leaders face the future of work. An MIT Sloan Management Review article by Linda Gratton​

"We are living through a grand transition in the way people work. Constant and extraordinary innovation in machine learning and robotics has and will continue to reshape work. Some tasks will be replaced. Others will be augmented. No one — whether highly skilled or less skilled — will be untouched.hat are transforming our world."

Read Linda's thoughts on how leaders deal with the shifting world of work here.​

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6 April 2018: Competing in the AI economy: An interview with MIT’s Andrew McAfee. McKinsey Analytics interview and video​

"It's not just some far-off dream anymore. The promises and practical applications of artificial intelligence (AI) are here. In this interview with Andrew McAfee, principal research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and cofounder of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, he explains how AI, and machine learning in particular, is quickly disrupting companies’ economic models, strategy, culture, and even the very nature of how they are structured and run. But there are opportunities for companies that can answer the call—and meet the needs and wants of consumers." 

Read the interview and watch the video here.​

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5 April 2018: Seven technologies remaking the world. An MIT SMR Executive Guide by Albert H. Segars​

"As the digital revolution rages on, every business leader must become technology literate. This guide provides executives with an introduction to the technologies that are transforming our world."

Read Albert's thoughts on the technologies set to disrupt the work landscape here.​

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20 March 2018: Future imperfect? Occupational Health & Wellbeing article featuring Working the Future's Cathryn Barnard​

How will technology change the world of work? Will it be disruptive or empowering? What will jobs of the future look like?

Our very own Cat teams up with SOM Chief Executive Nick Pahl, to explore what the future is likely to hold.

You can read their exchange here.​

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20 March 2018: Technology developments leading to new in-demand soft skills. Future of Work (FOW) website article by Daniel Newman

"Despite the demand for data architects and AI developers, companies are finding they need employees with other, less talked about skills. We need curious, creative minds who can lead us to use new technologies in new ways. Right now, that’s something a machine can’t do."

Read Daniel's thoughts on why certain key soft skills are in demand in an increasingly tech-led work landscape here.​

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20 March 2018: What will automation mean for wages and income inequality? McKinsey Global Institute podcast

This episode of the the McKinsey Global Institute’s New World of Work podcast examines what automation could do to workers’ wages - and the implications for the gap between the rich and the poor.

The discussion also explores the ways in which informed policy-making could prevent unemployment and wage friction in the future.

You can listen to the podcast here.​

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3 March 2018: Taking the ‘human’ angle – a positive approach from Peter Cheese, Chief Executive of the CIPD. Working the Future blog on Engage for Success website​

Peter’s interest in the human angle of the future of work is unsurprising; as CEO of the CIPD he is the strongest advocate for people management and HR best practice.  With the multiple complex and converging challenges that are starting to impact both our workplaces and how we work, we need leaders who can both succinctly define those challenges and present a future that is human-centric, without denigrating the advantages that emerging technologies and new working patterns will bring.

Read more about why Cat is particularly looking forward to hearing Peter speak at this month's Engage for Success conference in London here.

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​2 March 2018: Artificial Intelligence – will it enslave or set us free?​ Podcast on


Check out this interesting podcast debating and discussing the ways in which humans and machines could, and should, successfully integrate.  

It's a good listen for anyone interested in one of the key areas influencing the future of work.

You can listen to the podcast here.​

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20 February 2018: Addressing the Future of Work – what can we learn from RSA CEO, Matthew Taylor? Working the Future blog on Engage for Success website


For those of us interested in and invigorated by the topic of employee engagement, it can sometimes seem hard to imagine how we continue to promote engagement when the odds seem increasingly stacked against creating working environments where workers feel safe, secure and valued enough to be able to flourish.

Read more about why Cat is particularly looking forward to hearing Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive at the Royal Society of Arts, speak at the Engage for Success conference in London next month here.​

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24 January 2018: Why artificial intelligence will help human workers, not hurt them. Newsweek article by Kevin Maney.


"It’s true that AI will automate away vast numbers of jobs in coming years. But emerging sectors like alternative data promise to give many more humans something to do more productive than watching Simon’s Cat all day," writes Kevin Maney. 

Read his Newsweek article in full here.​

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23 January 2018: Wonky desks, giant fig trees and mindfulness classes: is this the office of the future? The Guardian article by Oliver Wainwright.



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The Guardian writer Oliver Wainwright takes a look at London's trail-blazing Second Home workspace and ponders the implications for future office and working environments.

Read the article here.​

10 January 2018: Retraining and re-skilling workers in the age of automation. McKinsey Global Institute article.

10 January 2018: Retraining and re-skilling workers in the age of automation. McKinsey Global Institute article.

"Executives increasingly see investing in retraining and 'upskilling' existing workers as an urgent business priority that companies, not governments, must lead on."

McKinsey Global Institute experts Pablo Illanes, Susan Lund, Mona Mourshed, Scott Rutherford, and Magnus Tyreman explore this key area, in which the opportunities for re-skilling are considerable. Read more here.​

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"Executives increasingly see investing in retraining and 'upskilling' existing workers as an urgent business priority that companies, not governments, must lead on."

McKinsey Global Institute experts Pablo Illanes, Susan Lund, Mona Mourshed, Scott Rutherford, and Magnus Tyreman explore this key area, in which the opportunities for re-skilling are considerable. Read more here.​

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1 December 2017: The importance of being engaged. Working the Future blog on Engage for Success website



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Cat explores the importance of treating employees and co-workers right, and how business success is contingent on the people you have around you. 

Read her blog here.​

29 November 2017: The future of work and the challenges for employee engagement. Working the Future radio

interview with Engage for Success


Listen to Working the Future's first radio interview, in which Cat explores the key shifts affecting the future of work and some of the emerging disruptors.

What are the threats and opportunities emanating from the changing landscape and how should companies address the challenges of effectively engaging their employees against this molten backdrop?

Listen to the interview (from 3.00 minutes in) here.​

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1 November 2017: Millennial men provide key to cracking workplace gender issues. The Independent article by Shafi Mussadique


Men under the age of 40 are far more progressive on gender diversity in the workplace than older men and are more likely to be supportive of gender diversity, new research from Boston Consulting Group (BCG) shows.

Shafi Mussadique writes that this cohort is more likely to support flexible working and childcare facilities at work than their older peers. Read the article here.​

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23 October 2017: Meet the teens making thousands from selling online. The Observer article by Suzanne Bearne

"Forget delivering newspapers or working shifts in the local supermarket. Instead, these entrepreneurial teens – many still at school or college – are devoting hours every week to reselling limited edition goods, a gig that’s earning them up to several thousand pounds a month."

Read the article here.​

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2 October 2017: Will robots bring about the end of work? The Guardian article by Toby Walsh


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"As automation looks set to replace many jobs in the next few decades, what work will be left for humans to do?"

Toby Walsh,  Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of New South Wales, in Sydney, Australia, takes a look at where this may lead us.

Read his article here.​

28 September 2017: The Future of Skills: Employment in 2030. Report by NESTA.​

This study uses a novel and comprehensive mixed method approach to map out how employment is likely to change and the implications for skills.

It shows both what we can expect and where we should be uncertain; highlighting likely dynamics in different parts of the labour market — from sectors like food and health to manufacturing.

It also challenges the false alarmism that contributes to a culture of risk aversion and holds back technology adoption, innovation, and growth. Read the report in full here.

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4 August 2017: US tech company becomes first to microchip employees. The Independent article by Josie Cox 


Would you like chips with that?

A US company has become the first to 'chip' its employees, enabling them to pay for food and drink in the company’s break room, open doors, log in to computers and use the photocopier. Is this the way forward or a worrying taste of dystopian things to come, writes Josie Cox, business editor at The Independent.

Read her article here.​

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11 July 2017: Are the traditional bank holiday's days numbered? The Independent article by Hamish McRae


Enjoy your next bank holiday weekend, because it could be your last, according to The Independent business writer Hamish McRae.

​He argues that with the rise of the gig economy and more companies blurring the lines between employees and freelance contractors who make their own hours, the idea that everyone should have the same day off increasingly seems curiously outdated.

Discover more here.​

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16 June 2017: Study finds most UK workers stagger in to work when ill. The Independent article by Zlata Rodionova


British employees feel their employers prioritise the performance of their companies over their workforces' health and wellbeing, according to the results of a recent study. 

That doesn't sound like a healthy way forward to us...

Read more here.​

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11 June 2017: Accelerationism - the fringe philosophy that predicted the future we live in. The Guardian article by Andy Beckett

"Is accelerationism a dangerous idea or does it speak to our troubled times?"

Fascinating article by The Guardian feature writer Andy Beckett that explores how the world is changing at break-neck speed – and that how for some people, change cannot come quickly enough, 

Discover more here.​

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7 May 2017: Employers add ‘cheap place to live’ to staff perks list. The Guardian article by Rupert Jones


If you’re a priced-out millennial struggling with London’s sky-high property costs, a cheap place to live that comes with your job would probably rank very highly on your fantasy list of employee benefits.

For some lucky young professionals starting out in their careers, this is no longer a fantasy.

Discover more here.​

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20 April 2017: Digital workplace hubs need learning communities. Post*Shift article by Lee Bryant​

Great piece by Lee Bryant that really nails the importance of tech platforms in the facilitation of work-place learning and collaboration.

Discover more here.​

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15 April 2017: Robots to replace 1 in 3 UK jobs over next 20 years, warns IPPR. The Guardian article by Larry Elliott

A new report by The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) suggests that those most at risk from automation are concentrated in low-skill sectors of the economy and were least able to adapt to change.

A third of the total of UK jobs are thought to be at risk from automation over the next two decades and the IPPR says the scale of the challenge requires urgent action.

Read more in The Guardian piece here.

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10 April 2017: Google HR boss on how to keep your best people from quitting. Business Insider article by Jenna Goudreau​

In today's knowledge economy, people are often a company's most valuable asset, and losing talented employees can be extremely expensive.

Laszlo Bock, the SVP of Google's People Operations and author of new book Work Rules!, believes most companies don't know how to hold onto their best people. 

Discover the two reasons people stay in Jenna Goudreau's article here.​

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4 April 2017: Could the future of work include universal basic income? Silicon Republic article by Jenny Darmody


A basic income would give every citizen a set amount of money, regardless of situation, writes Jenny Darmody.

However, would that improve the world of work?

Discover more in her piece here.​

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5 March 2017: In a successful economy, we could all work 15 hours a week... The Independent article by Susie Mesure

In a successful economy, we could all work 15 hours per week, writes Susie Mesure. 

She goes on to say that it might even sort out issues surrounding gender equality, too.

Read her thoughts in her piece here.

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24 February 2017: Millennials aren’t coddled... They just reject abuse as a management tactic. Canadian Business article by Deborah Aarts 


Younger employees are constantly stereotyped as insecure and needy, argues Deborah Aarts.

But shouldn't the rest of us be taking a look at ourselves and reconsidering why we find it normal for bosses to be, in her words, 'jerks'?

​Read her thoughts in her piece here.​

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22 February 2017: Is the résumé dead? Why your next click might determine your next job. The Guardian article by Tim Dunlop


"Increasingly, the traditional CV and interview are being abandoned as firms use new forms of data aggregation to find employees. This new field of recruitment, dubbed workforce science, is based on the idea that the data individuals create while doing things online can be harvested and interpreted and to provide a better idea of a person’s suitability than traditional methods."

Tim Dunlop, academic, writer and author of Why the Future Is Workless, takes a look at work's changing nature, as more and more jobs become automated. Read his article in The Guardian's 'Fourth Industrial Revolution' section here.

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16 January 2017: Lifelong learning is becoming an economic imperative. The Economist article by Andrew Palmer 



"Technological change demands stronger and more continuous connections between education and employment. The faint outlines of such a system are now emerging." 

Will we as individuals increasingly need to accept the need for continuous re-booting? Discover more in the full article by Andrew Palmer here.​

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12 January 2017: Here are the five new rules of workplace fashion. The Independent article by Sarah Young


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"These days, it’s likely that many of us will never really have to wear anything more formal than a pair of tailored trousers, as the days of donning a stuffy suit, stiff shirt and tie are well on their way out."

Gen up on the new rules here!​

8 December 2016: Should boomers work longer to stay healthy? The Guardian article by Sarah Bosely

"The baby boomer generation, now in their 50s to 70s, should stop thinking about putting their feet up when they retire – and maybe not retire at all for the sake of their health, according to the government’s chief medical officer."

Do you agree and will you be planning to do the same? Read the piece by Sarah Bosely, The Guardian's Health Editor, here.​

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28 November 2016: Welcome to the Future of Work. TechCrunch article by Brooks Rainwater & Nicole DuPuis​g


"As existing trends accelerate and irreversibly change the workforce as we know it, the question to be answered is – what will we do to broadly share the gains and alleviate the challenges?"

Find out more in this TechCrunch piece by Brooks Rainwater and Nicole DuPuis here.​

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27 November 2016: The rise of the encore career. The Guardian article by Yvonne Roberts​

What is an 'encore career', how are those aged 50+ changing the patterns of working life, and what is driving the burgeoning trend for those in midlife and beyond to leave secure, well-paid jobs for more socially worthwhile work?

Award-winning journalist and The Guardian contributor Yvonne Roberts explores this interesting area here.​

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23 October 2016: Can a board game prepare you for the future of work? Fast Company article by Liz Alexander​

Gamification (albeit of the more lo-fi kind) meets the future of work in a new board game called IMPACT, which has just been launched. It encourages players to think like futurists—anticipating change, responding to unforeseen events, and living with uncertainty. Sounds like our kind of fun!


"To compete with artificial intelligence and work alongside machines, the ability to synthesise new ideas quickly will likely prove more decisive." Read the piece by Liz Alexander, a consulting futurist and cofounder of Leading Thought, here.

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22 October 2016: Prepare for the future of work, or prepare to fail. Silicon Republic article by Gordon Hunt​

According to a recent Connecting Women in Technology (CWIT) event in Limerick, planning for the ways in which the work landscape is changing has never been more important, with automation one of the main reasons why.

Silicon Republic journalist Gordon Hunt outlines some of the strategic imperatives that emerged at the event here.​

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21 October 2016: Are we heading towards a world without work? The Guardian article by Ryan Avent​

"A new age is dawning. Whether it is a wonderful one or a terrible one remains to be seen. Look around and the signs of dizzying technological progress are difficult to miss. Driverless cars and drones, not long ago the stuff of science fiction, are now oddities that can occasionally be spotted in the wild and which will soon be a commonplace in cities around the world."

Ryan Avent is Senior Editor and Economics Columnist at The Economist. His book The Wealth of Humans: Work and its Absence in the Twenty-First Century was published in September 2016. Read more here.

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20 October 2016: Is it the end of work as we know it? Article by Richard Leider​​

"Gone are the days when having a job meant 'doing your job'. No longer can anyone anywhere expect the future of work to be the same as it was in the past.  Innovation, which used to be innovative, is now the norm. Staying ahead of the game is what it takes simply to be part of the game.  Everyone will feel the pressure to market their most important asset – themselves – and to create and manage what is often referred to as 'the economy of you'.”

So are you ready for the 'New Abnormal'? Read the rest of this article by Richard Leider, founder of Inventure – The Purpose Company, and find out here.​

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19 October 2016: Are you ready to work out loud? Thought piece by Howard Jarche​

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'Working out loud', Howard Jarche argues, may be easy to understand, but not quite so easy to implement, in practice, as most people are too busy managing in the industrial/information age workplace and have no slack to try to learn how work in the network age.

Find out more about his thoughts on taking the first steps to starting to work out loud here.​

18 October 2016: The Fourth Industrial Revolution is about to get underway - great promise or peril? Article by Klaus Schwab​

"We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before. We do not yet know just how it will unfold, but one thing is clear: the response to it must be integrated and comprehensive, involving all stakeholders of the global polity, from the public and private sectors to academia and civil society."

Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive of the Chairman of the World Economic Forum, shares his thoughts on the profound consequences of this seismic shift here.​

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30 September 2016:  Robots set to eliminate 6% of all US jobs by 2021, according to reportThe Guardian article by Olivia Solon

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"By 2021, robots will have eliminated 6% of all jobs in the US, starting with customer service representatives and eventually truck and taxi drivers. That’s just one cheery takeaway from a report released by market research company Forrester this week."

Bay Area-based ICT journalist Olivia Solon explores the ways in which employees in fields such as customer service and transportation face a ‘disruptive tidal wave’ of automation in the not-too-distant future - read more here.​

15 September 2016: What the office of the future means for privacy. The Guardian article by Claire Burke​

"In offices of the future, sensors may track your every move - even in the bathroom.

If objects will soon be able to ‘talk’ to each other, locate staff and monitor workplace temperature, what will this mean for privacy?"

Claire Burke, Editor of the Guardian Small Business Network, explores the implications here.​

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