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The alternative workforce: It’s now mainstream
Anne says: At first glance, you might expect this article to be about robots – the alternative workforce. But no, not this time! The alternative workforce is already amongst us, you might even be one! According to Deloitte in their recently released 2019 Global Human Capital Trends, they are: contractors, freelancers, or gig workers used as an option to supplement full-time jobs.
This week’s article is a segment from the report and focuses on how companies are still taking a transactional approach – filling temporary skill gaps, specialist roles, project teams – versus acceptance of the mainstream use and shifting to a strategic management approach. The survey revealed only 8% of organisations have established processes, while most organisations admitted they needed to improve.
Their key finding highlighted a shift from the current transactional approach to managing alternative workers to “optimising” and “leveraging” their contributions to the organisation. In the meantime, we see this transactional approach also reflected in an organisation’s selection and implementation of technology for their workforce. How many organisations plan their digital workplace solutions for only full-time (or permanent part-time) employees?
The mindset shift from a transactional process-driven digital workplace to a strategically inclusive perspective that enables the alternative workers to be more effective will demand intentional design and architecture – not simply coupling together pieces of technology with limited access.
How does your organisation approach the digital workplace to be inclusive for alternative workers? There are a number of steps that can be implemented in relatively straightforward ways – we would recommend starting with direct engagement with your alternative workers – try asking them how they could be more effectively integrated into your digital workplace.
Notre Dame update: How to build and keep building a cathedral like Notre Dame
Anne says: The debate has started – what approach should be taken to rebuild Notre Dame. Try to replicate, as closely as possible, what was lost? Or integrate the old with something completely new while complementary? This article discusses some of the arguments being considered and shows one of the contributions. Some interesting ideas are being proposed – but how the final decision is going to be made has not yet been revealed!
‘We must act now’: Netherlands tries to control tourism boom.
Helen says: While countries like Australia are spending over $100m a year marketing its destination to the world, the Netherlands has the opposite problem – too many visitors! They are trying to stem the flow because tourists are posing a big problem for this small nation. Overcrowding and the quest for the all-important perfect selfie are contributing to their woes. Tulip growers are suffering financial losses from damage caused by selfie-takers traipsing or lying over tulips in pursuit of their ultimate happy snap. In the small village of Kinderdijk, windmill residents complain of people freely walking onto their property, sitting at their garden table for breakfast and even asking residents to move aside so they, the tourists, can get an unencumbered shot of the mill.
Tourists to some degree have always come with a nuisance factor for locals, but at what point did such disregard become the rule rather than the exception? When, and why, has a photo become more important than the moment and the context? I love to travel and call me old fashioned, but to me, travel is about experiencing a place – its people and its culture, but maybe I’m wrong. Could it be that travel is really about that perfect photo shoot for Instagram, WhatsApp or Facebook?
More exclamation points please!!!!!!
Jakkii says: You’ve more than likely heard it before – using exclamation points at work, in any context, “isn’t professional.” Well, if you’ve been reading our blog for a while, I think you’ll appreciate we generally don’t subscribe to this overly stuffy theory in 2019 – at least not for certain types of communications. While a formal report likely won’t be furnished with exclamation points (unless directly quoting someone), communications like emails and blogs may just see an exclamation point – or six – included, depending on who’s doing the writing and what they’re trying to convey.
Enter, this short piece in defence of the exclamation point!
Adding an exclamation point, or two, or 15, transforms whatever you’re writing, by making it sound enthusiastic and fun. Similarly, omitting an exclamation point also transforms whatever you’re writing, by making it sound like you hate your co-worker’s guts.
Uh, oh! Better break out the exclamation points, stat! While this is light-hearted, I think the point raised about use of exclamation points to vary and convey tone – often positive, though not always! – is an important one. Alongside exclamation points, we also see greater use of emojis (or their emoticon predecessors like : ) ) in the workplace as well, particularly where use of enterprise social networks, social intranets and other communication and collaboration tools are in place. Emoji (and gifs!) are a part of the fabric of language on the internet, and the workplace is no exception. Conveying tone can be difficult in text-based communications, and I’m all for anything that helps send the right messages – in the right contexts.
So let’s hear it – do you use exclamation points in your workplace communications? What about emojis or gifs? Why? I’d love to know so hit me with your thoughts in the comments or on social media.
Four steps to reclaim your weekend for fun instead of chores
For many, “I’ll do that on the weekend,” has become the answer to solving any apparent time limitation problem. In their weekday minds, the weekend becomes this mythical land where time is infinite and motivation abundant.
Jakkii says: While we wait for the four day work week to kick in and become the norm at workplaces around the country (and the world!), here are four steps from Fast Company to help you reclaim your weekend from all those chores we constantly put off during the week to do “on the weekend”.
- Put in what you need to feel refreshed
- Narrow down what you want to accomplish
- Prep for success during the week
- Know your limits
Sounds pretty straightforward, right? Have a read through the detail then try these steps next week and let me know if helped reclaim your weekend from the seemingly endless list of chores that come with adulthood!
This week in social media
- Gov’t social media plan a mess
- Chinese media mocks Australia and Prime Minister in WeChat posts
- Labor calls on PM to rule out Liberal Party involvement in fake WeChat posts
- Labor asks questions of WeChat over doctored accounts, ‘fake news’
- Scott Morrison declares war on social media trolls
- Federal Election 2019: In the social media age, where do we set the bar for politicians?
- Political engagement on WeChat
Politics, democracy and regulation
- Breaking up Facebook isn’t enough
- Kamala Harris vows to hold social media platforms responsible for ‘hate’
- 12 new projects will finally show us how Facebook is changing democracy
- When it comes to elections, Facebook moves slow, may still break things
- Chad smashes the record for social media censorship
- The push to break up Big Tech, explained
Privacy and data
- What Apple, Facebook and Google each mean by “privacy”
- Google’s case for privacy is more convincing than Facebook’s
- ‘Private Post’ Means Something Slightly Different To Facebook
- Facebook’s new plan doesn’t protect your privacy, and neither does the FTC
- Facebook reportedly invites federal oversight of its privacy practices
Cybersecurity and safety
- Netflix and suicide: the disturbing example of “13 Reasons Why”
- How highly sexualised imagery is shaping ‘influence’ on Instagram – and harassment is rife
- Children’s social media use has ‘trivial’ effect on happiness – study
- The best streaming apps for kids
- What women know about the internet
Society and culture
- Bored and lonely? Blame your phone
- Watch this moving short film imagining a future with Snapchat filters IRL
- The rise of fear-based social media like Nextdoor, Citizen, and now Amazon’s Neighbors
- Britons less trusting of social media than other major nations
- The productivity pit: how Slack is ruining work
- The Instagram obsession with flowers is killing them
- The Rise of the Social Media Doctor
- Do Holocaust stories belong on Instagram?
- Please read this before you post another RIP on social media
- She was the “queen of the mommy bloggers.” Then her life fell apart
Extremism and hate speech
- The Facebook free speech battle, explained
- Facebook ‘auto-generated’ extremist video
- 8chan, a nexus of radicalization for the Poway and Christchurch shooters, explained
- Kiwi leaders blind to power and reach of Asian social media in New Zealand
- Facebook bans Alex Jones, Infowars, Louis Farrakhan, and others it deems “dangerous”
- What happened after my 13-year-old son joined the alt-right
- The black feminists who saw the alt-right threat coming
Moderation and misinformation
- Fact-checking can’t do much when people’s “dueling facts” are driven by values instead of knowledge
- Why we are addicted to conspiracy theories
- Instagram will find posts with misleading info, but it won’t remove them
- ‘Fake news victims’ meet with Twitter and Facebook
- Instagram is working on new rules for banning accounts
- Instagram may combat anti-vaxxer misinformation with pop-up ads
- Facebook fact checkers will soon review Instagram posts
- Researchers find Twitter is good for amplifying lies
Marketing, advertising and PR
- Pinterest is the best platform to connect emotionally with users
- How freelancers can use Instagram to grow their business
- Google is testing shopping links under YouTube videos
- If instagram gets rid of like counts, what will it mean for influencers?
- Twitter is disturbingly right and alarmingly wrong about what you’re interested in
- How I tried to defy the Facebook algorithm
- Simple design changes could make YouTube better for the planet, researchers say
- Twitter will now let you add pictures, GIFs, and videos to RTs
- What is TikTok? China’s popular video-sharing app is gaining global appeal
- Facebook updating video-ranking algorithms to put more weight on original content with loyal audiences
- Facebook is pivoting
- Is Instagram’s future Snapchat’s past?
- YouTube Originals will soon be available to stream for free
- Facebook is developing a fiat-backed stablecoin payment system
- Verizon is looking to sell Tumblr after squandering its potential
Sydney Business Insights – The Future This Week Podcast
A big congratulations to our friends at Sydney Business Insights on their 100th podcast!
This week: This week: wonderful country-trap, weird bacteria innovation, and Elon’s leaf-blower. Sandra Peter (Sydney Business Insights) and Kai Riemer (Digital Disruption Research Group) meet once a week to put their own spin on news that is impacting the future of business in The Future, This Week.
The stories this week:
It’s a Musk:
Other stories we bring up: