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As topics like automation, artificial intelligence, and skills retraining dominate conversations about the future of work, some predict catastrophic job loss and a difficult future where legions of unskilled workers languish unemployable in the margins. Luckily, not everyone is aligned with this: we’ve been here before and rather than simply increasing efficiency and cutting costs, emerging technologies can be used to augment our work and raise the quality of life for the population as a whole.
Regardless of which view prevails, navigating this terrain requires a workforce that can adapt to changing environments and acquire the skills necessary to be successful in the future. And that’s where we are falling short. In fact, in the surveys of the U.S. workforce that the American Psychological Association has conducted, training and development consistently emerge as one of the areas employees are least satisfied with and lack of opportunity for growth, and advancement is second only to low pay as a source of work stress.
Are companies working on fixing this process? And if so, how are they doing this?
Surveillance has already gone far beyond just CCTV cameras and the occasional performance review. It is now possible to monitor everything from all online communication, health and physiological information, potentially even with implants which allow the human brain to interact with computers.
But what impact does surveillance have on employee performance, morale and perceptions of employers? Not everyone likes to be monitored, and a recent study found the more employees felt their privacy to be violated at work, the more dissatisfied they were at work. When employees feel like surveillance is unnecessary or too intense, they are more likely to find ways to subvert that same surveillance. They may be more likely to sabotage surveillance systems or try to find ways to trick the monitoring.
It may seem to be useful to monitor employees, especially as the tools for monitoring employees become more pervasive, more refined and more cost-effective. Yet when surveillance is excessive it can lead to employee stress, distrust of employers and lead to suspicion within teams and within the company.
Possibly the most anticipated smartphone in 10 years has finally reached the hands and pockets of the Apple-buying public. The media furore has been at times deafening, and the early first impressions ranged from considered insight to absurd gushing nonsense (sadly, there was far too much of the latter). But has it been worth the wait?
We’ve seen bezel-free screens already from a number of manufacturers, and the X’s killer app of Face ID has already been beaten in myriad ways – but Apple often comes from behind to put out near-perfect products that solve the niggles other companies can’t quite iron out.
So, is it any good?
Job meta-search engine Joblift has conducted the European Startup Report 2017 – an extensive insight into the job markets and working conditions in four of Europe’s major startup hubs. Joblift’s report uses job vacancy data from the 1st September 2016 to 1st September 2017, alongside survey answers from around 500 interviewees to focus on every aspect of the British startup workplace. Given the competition from other European countries on the UK’s startup title and Joblift’s presence in these regions, the UK’s results have been compared with those of Germany, France, and the Netherlands.
Around 49,000 startup job vacancies were posted in the UK between 1st September 2016 and 1st September 2017. These vacancies saw a 4% average monthly growth, on par with Germany, and double the 2% increase seen in the UK’s job market as a whole. London dominates in both the UK and Europe, with a 44% share of all startup jobs in Britain and 24% more vacancies than closest competitor Berlin. Exciting, isn’t it?
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