Testosterone in the Workplace

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If we are going to talk about a human future of work, we have to think about what it is that makes us human and not robots. We are seeing interesting discussions beginning around neuro-diversity, and around the menopause at work, but the powerful role of testosterone in men has been overlooked.
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Equal Pay for ‘Equal Work’ will not help Women

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Recent reporting on equal pay has taken as given the concept of equal work. In the future work place, this idea simply doesn’t make sense. Instead, the focus will be on value and that will be a far more helpful mechanism to address gender discrimination.
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Ethics and Mortgages

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It’s easy to rattle off clichés and quotes about having principles and acting ethically. It’s hard to seriously challenge practices and decisions at work that you are uncomfortable with. When I have supported people through these kinds of dilemmas they don’t talk about Plato or social justice, they talk about their mortgage and their kids.
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Bound in Blockchains

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We have all clicked “I Accept” on terms and conditions that we’ve never read. Somehow, it doesn’t feel the same as writing our signature on a piece of paper; we would never physically sign a contract without reading it. So what happens when our creeping readiness to press ‘I Accept’ commits us to a series of blockchain transactions that we don’t understand?
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Rigid Thinking for a Fluid Future? Why Matthew Taylor is Wrong

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At the first in a series of #VibrantEconomy events at Manchester Metropolitan University tonight, Matthew Taylor of the RSA talked about the future of work. Rather than focus on the complexity of the challenges, and the radicalism required, what we got was a call for building frameworks, certificates and issuing badges. If the future world of work will be characterised by rapid change and flux, why are we trying to catch, control and reduce it into something less?
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Skinning the Interface: the case for Augmented Reality

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The headline grabbing claims that human workers will be replaced by robots are misleading. Currently, there are only about 5% of jobs that could realistically be replaced by robots. There are though a million jobs that could be done better, faster and cheaper with humans and robots working together. Where is the interface between the human and the robot and what form does that interface need to take?
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‘#FinDom’: A case study of how work is changing in the 4th Industrial Revolution

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When we think about the future of work, we often think about three key principles: The use of tech to enable fast cheap start-ups; having more than one source of work and income; and the roles that robots will or will not be able to replace. We can see practical examples of all three of these principles in the fascinating world of online #Findom: Financial Domination.
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Why Employment Rights cause misery, and how to replace them

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There is an important role for government in protecting people from exploitation and abuse. But there is also a point at which these protections become so conservative in nature that they do more harm than good. With the rapid acceleration of change in the 4th Industrial Revolution we need to find ways to move beyond maintaining an increasingly unhappy (and unproductive) status quo.
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