Work From Home Newsletter: Edition 8

coworking spaces

In the latest work from home news is the heartwarming finding that freelancers are happier, new gig economy platforms, benefits of coworking and more.

THE LATEST WORK FROM HOME NEWS

According to research newly compiled by ReportLinker, what has become known as the “gig economy” is slowly but surely becoming more and more attractive to traditional workers.

In this new survey, 76% of American professionals declared being convinced that freelancers are happier than traditional workers.

This feeling of happiness is much more shared than it was in the 2017 version of the research (+11 pts), which shows that this alternative working life may be more and more attractive.

Top reasons for being a freelance worker are still the same compared to 2017:

  • being one’s’ own boss (27%)
  • having flexible working hours (21%) and
  • having a better balance between work and personal life (15%)

On the other side, aspects such as the lack of financial security (23%), or job security (21%) are part of what drive freelance workers back. Saving for one’s retirement is also worrying for them (23%).

The consulting firm, PwC, has launched a gig economy platform that allows people to offer their skills for hire without working traditional hours. The Flexible Talent Network allows interested parties to list their skills and preferred work pattern when they apply.

They can state a preference to work shorter weekly working hours or work for a few months a year on a project basis. The company will then match recruits to relevant projects rather than specific roles.

More than 2,000 people have registered with the network so far in the two weeks since it was launched. PwC decided to launch the platform after almost half of respondents to a survey said they would prioritise flexible working hours and work-life balance when choosing a job.

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The on-demand talent networks that aggregate communities of gig workers tell us that up to 70% or more of their engagement with companies happens at the director level or lower, rather than as a top-down directive from the C-Suite.

This is a missed opportunity for company leadership, and something worth looking into. It could be smart business to formalize the process of working with the gig economy if this is happening within your organization.

With many jobs disappearing, workers might have to accept stultifying, underpaid “clickwork”, or employment that is managed by surveillance technologies or manipulative software.

The traditional workplace of 9-5 stability might disappear, replaced by a “gig economy” in which workers, at the mercy of apps, jump at every opportunity to earn some money. And social life as we know it might be disrupted by unpredictable schedules and fractured colleague networks.

Flexible working arrangements can be key to acquiring talent and boosting morale as long as remote-based working arrangements are managed properly.

But managing people from afar is completely different from managing face-to-face, raising significant concerns over the success of flexible working unless new principles are adopted.

Workers expect conference calls and virtual meetings to become more common over the coming five years, with face-to-face meetings being the only form of business interaction that respondents expect to become less frequent.

Coworking continues to rise in popularity worldwide, but when it comes to gender, it’s become clear that the spaces aren’t always so balanced. The majority of coworking spaces have a masculine tech-focused culture – some have even dubbed it “broworking” – that many women do not find engaging or inclusive.

Technology will kill the 9-to-5 work week, says Richard Branson. The 40-hour work week stems from labour laws created in the early 20th century, and many have said this model is becoming increasingly obsolete. The billionaire entrepreneur predicts the rise of technology will soon force society to rethink the modern work week.

Working from home may be more economical, but it does have its downsides like disturbance from the family, the lure of getting laid back and the non-professional ambience in case a client wants to drop in etc.

Coworking seems to be a perfect blend of togetherness as well as independence. It saves on cost and is a great place to network.

Working in shared offices also gives you the advantage of having wide access to knowledge from other professionals. You can thus get help when you face any challenges along the way.

This knowledge also opens up a range of opportunities for you to explore as you get ideas from other professionals who are experienced in other areas. It is also a good choice for freelancers and those who work while travelling.

Bangladesh supplies 16% of the world’s online freelance labour – second only to India (Oxford Internet Institute, 2017). As more individuals turn to freelancing, global conversations and key policies are needed to ensure that the gig economy works for everyone and overcomes digital divides associated with gender, age, ethnicity and geographic location.

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Work From Home Newsletter Edition 8

Work From Home Newsletter: Edition 6

Artificial Intelligence AI Robot

The recent news on the future of work is rather disturbing, with many experts now warning that automation may not quite bring the benefits to workers that we were told it will.

This means, more than ever, we need to take responsibility for our future in our own hands. Don’t trust the government or the private sector to be there for you. If you’re in a low-paying, a menial or low-skill job that can easily be automated, this will affect you even more.

The Solution: Learn how to create your own economy by acquiring new skills and creating a personal brand for yourself. The earlier you start doing this, the more likely it is that you will survive the transition when the robots take over.

I hate to be the prophet of doom, but if you don’t take the steps to adapt in the coming Age of Automation, you may very likely lose your livelihood and ability to provide for yourself and your family. 😞

Will robots and artificial intelligence replace jobs in the future? When the robots take over will there be jobs left for us? To know the answers, read below. And if you have kids, make sure they read this newsletter too.

THE LATEST WORK FROM ANYWHERE NEWS

According to the New York Times, many of your bosses want machines to replace you as soon as possible even though they’ll never admit it in public. They’re racing to automate their own workforces to stay ahead of the competition, with little regard for the impact on workers.

They crave the fat profit margins automation can deliver, and they see A.I. as a golden ticket to savings, perhaps by letting them whittle departments with thousands of workers down to just a few dozens.

One common argument made by executives is that workers whose jobs are eliminated by automation can be “reskilled” to perform other jobs in an organization. But automation pushes workers to the less productive parts of the economy.

Of the 1.37 million workers who are projected to be fully displaced by automation in the next decade, only one in four can be profitably reskilled by private-sector programs. The rest, presumably, will need to fend for themselves or rely on government assistance.

The choices made by the Davos elite — and the pressure applied on them to act in workers’ interests rather than their own — will determine whether A.I. is used as a tool for increasing productivity or for inflicting pain.

Are robots and AI taking our jobs instead of helping us? It’s a very real possibility, warns University of Virginia Darden School of Business Professor Anton Korinek. He notes:

“Up until now, machines have replaced our physical strength, but they have allowed us to leverage our intellect and intelligence. AI is really coming for what has always defined us as humans. It’s coming for our last bastion of advantage over the machines. And that changes the game fundamentally.

Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says that AI and the fourth industrial revolution will have a more severe impact on women than men because many of the tasks done by women are more routine tasks, easily substituted by technology.

Going forward, 11 per cent of women’s jobs will be affected by technology in the future, whereas that number sits at just nine per cent for men. This shift will happen gradually. But one thing is for sure, the future of work will be different, particularly for women.

There’s no doubt that skills are the currency of the labour market.  There is wide agreement that we need a massive push to prepare people for new jobs and skills, but right now, no one is doing enough to prepare people for those future skills.

As one Nobel Prize-winning economist ominously remarked, “Now school does not mean you will learn; learning does not mean you will have the skills for the labour market, and having the skills does not mean you will have a job — it’s a more complex route.”

Five years from now, over one-third of skills (35%) that are considered important in today’s workforce will have changed. Some jobs will disappear, others will grow and jobs that don’t even exist today will become commonplace. What is certain is that the future workforce will need to align its skill set to keep pace.

In today’s modern work environment, workers have increased responsibility for their own formal and experiential learning, says the NASA blog. Careers are no longer linear or “owned” by a corporation, and learning needs are increasingly diversified and personalized.

In the future, manufacturers will be less likely to hire blue collar workers and more likely to prefer engineering and technology specialists, who can program, maintain and upgrade the increasingly intelligent machines.

The jobs that will survive are creative types, health care workers, managers, lawyers, accountants and real estate agents who deal personally with clients and take advantage of artificial intelligence to expand their reach and offer more sophisticated information to clients.

Scientists, engineers and mathematicians will be in even more demand, especially those who can navigate the interface between man and machine.

The most important job of the future could well be an old one: educator. Educational services will be the second largest job-generator, after health care, in the coming years.

Not that long ago, being able to work from home was rare – and was seen as a huge perk. These days, it’s far more common. The concept of a job-for-life to which you were thoroughly dedicated no longer really exists.

The way we all work is going to change, says Richard Branson on the Virgin blog. People will eventually take three and even four day weekends and job-sharing may increase.

People will need to be paid the same or even more for working less time, so they can afford more leisure time. That’s going to be a difficult balancing act to get right, but it can be done.

At the WEF in Davos, Allen Blue of LinkedIn shared his insight about the right way to build technology, which is a departure from how it has been built in the past.

This time, instead of being designed almost exclusively by white males, he believes that more women should be recruited into technical roles so that machines can learn more efficiently and give an unbiased performance.

Everything from mobile development to accounting and content writing tasks could now be outsourced to the lowest bidder across the globe. Freelancers needed a space to work and that call was answered by coworking spaces.

64 per cent of India’s workforce is projected to be below 35 years of age by 2020. Therefore, the need for flexible workspaces with top-notch amenities will be at an all-time high.

Offering cost-effectiveness, flexibility, hassle-free maintenance, networking opportunities and a fun place to work, coworking spaces are set to be the way future Indian professionals work.

The new online marketplace “Maharati,” aims to connect businesses with freelancers with digital skills. Additionally, the new UAE 10-year expat visa is designed to attract highly-skilled workers such as technology entrepreneurs, scientists, and specialists, without necessarily being confined to an employer in the country.

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Work From Home Newsletter: Edition 6

Work From Anywhere Newsletter: Edition 4

Working From Home

In this edition of your Work From Anywhere Newsletter, flexible working and higher education are in the news. See online education trends, my WFA Course and 2 free events.

WORK-FROM-ANYWHERE TRENDS:

Increasingly, employers see that allowing remote work and empowering mobile employees is good for talent acquisition and retention, morale and productivity. Read more.

According to a Deloitte study, nearly 75 per cent of Millennials believe that a “work from home” or “work remotely” policy is important. Time to get that home office ready.

Flexible working helps more people access the labour market and stay in work, as more people are increasingly thinking differently about how, when and where they work. Quality flexible working can help organisations attract talent, improve employee job satisfaction and loyalty, reduce absenteeism and improve well-being. Read more.

97 per cent of companies agree that employee expectations of the workplace seem to be changing rapidly. The main feature of those changing expectations is around flexible working, with 98 per cent of respondents saying employees now expect more flexible working hours, while 89 per cent said they expect agile/home working to be available. Read more.

The future of work will belong to more intricate jobs that require emotional and social finesse over physical effort, and women have always been far advanced in that respect when compared to men. Read more.

“The mission of higher education now is to help students become robot-proof. Every learner now has to be able to interact with machines, learn how to grasp data, and do things that machines can’t, such as being empathetic, creative, and entrepreneurial,” says Joseph Aoun, author of Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence. Read more.

ONLINE EDUCATION TRENDS:

Most Popular Courses in 2018

Measured by total enrollments.

Most Popular Specializations in 2018

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