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Digital Fitness Initiative to transform the workforce

PwC has launched a new Digital Fitness initiative aimed at transforming the workforce for the digital age. The start of this transformation begins with what PwC is calling the “Digital Fitness App.”

Cisco reorgnization reflects the changing nature of work

The nature of work is changing and flexible working is a core part of the so-termed ‘Gig Economy’. To what extent is this impacting on more established forms of working. Recent office closes by Cisco could signal one future direction.

Workers need to be empowered by digital technology

According to Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google the adoption of digital technology by businesses should 'empower' workers and not 'alienate' them from the task in hand.

Employees need to become digital change agents

A new report shows how digital transformation efforts are being implemented relatively slowly in many businesses. This can be overcome, however, if employees start to act as digital change agents, sharing the new digital values enterprise-wide.

New types of workplace stress in the digital era

Digital technologies are not only altering the way that business is conducted, technologies are changing working conditions and the relationship that people have with their work. One downside is with a rise in cases of 'technostress'.

Google updates its job finder with salary estimates and more

Google's added several new capabilities to its job searching tool as it aims to better rival services such as LinkedIn. The search engine's built-in job finder launched earlier this week and is now being improved with salary estimates and location ranges.

ConnectMe, a digital workplace for employees: Interview Special

Employee disengagement is a looming issue and it affects everything from company productivity to profitability. To help businesses with this issue, Deloitte created ConnectMe, a digital workplace. We spoke with Michael Gretczko, the general manager.

Digital tools lead to new ways to analyze training effectiveness

Most companies deliver training to employees, with the aim of seeking a more knowledgeable and capable workforce. But how effective is this training and is it value for money? Analytics can help evaluate this.

Digital transformation of learning raises business performance

As businesses grow and expand, new ways of learning are required to rapidly and effectively deliver training to employees. This requires a new approach to the subject, using digital tools and technologies.

Melinda Gates: U.S. must stop demanding we all be workaholics

On Wednesday, Melinda Gates joined LinkedIn (now owned by Microsoft) and penned her first column. In it she argued that corporate America's workaholic culture is one of the main obstructions to diversity, causing women and minorities to lean out.

Can bosses snoop on employees? European court to rule

Strasbourg - Europe's top human rights court is set to rule Tuesday whether bosses have the right to spy on employees who use company messaging systems, in a landmark decision for privacy in the work place.

Technology is altering the work-life balance

Technology is not a neutral force. How it is used and applied has much to do with the intention of those who operate it. One area that causes consternation is how technology affects the work-life balance.

How businesses can tackle mental health at work

Mental health issues in the workplace create problems for individual worker and they impact on the business in terms of productivity loss. As a result many businesses are investing in new ways of supporting employees.

Man hit by lightning while sitting at his desk

Rochester - A man in New York said he was sitting in his office last Monday when he was struck by lightning. He said he was happy to be alive.

Is it better to be fired by an individual or a committee?

No one likes to be fired from their job and the impact can often lead to low self-esteem as well as social and financial worries. The long-term effect on an individual is partly influenced by the manner in which the firing is executed.

French workers win 'right to disconnect'

Paris - French companies will be required to guarantee a "right to disconnect" to their employees from Sunday as the country seeks to tackle the modern-day scourge of compulsive out-of-hours email checking.

66,000 workplace deaths in China last year: report

Bejing - China saw 66,000 workplace deaths in 2015 despite strengthened legislation, Chinese authorities said, highlighting often dangerous labour conditions in the world's second largest economy.

Spain seeks to shorten its long work day

Madrid - Spain wants to put an end to its distinctive and gruelling work day which hurts productivity -- and it may move the country's clocks back by one hour to the same time zone as London's to do so.

The company that asks employees to start work at 9:06 a.m.

What is the ideal company to work for? What types of benefits have the greatest effect? How about a later starting time or a free breakfast? One company has been pioneering different work practices to apparent success.

Op-Ed: Trade Minister slams Britain as 'too lazy and fat'

London - Conservative Party politician and International Trade Secretary Liam Fox has slammed British business people as "too lazy and fat" to make a success of business on the world stage.

Is free pizza more motivational than money?

New research suggests that employees work harder if they are given free pizza rather than extra cash. The study touches on the way people respond to different levels of reward.

Op-Ed: How much is your dialect affecting your chances of finding a job?

Modern societies strive to reach a level of globalization that gives everyone a fair opportunity of finding employment, regardless of race, sex or language. But is that true that even a simple accent can affect your chances of finding a job?

Higher chance of strokes with shift work

Shift work is associated with a number of adverse physiological effects on the body. A new report, based on an animal model, suggest shift workers have a higher chance of developing blood clots and strokes.

Hundreds of Bangladesh garment factories still not safe: Group

Dhaka - Only 24 of nearly 700 clothing factories inspected in Bangladesh meet international safety standards, a group of major brands said Wednesday, three years after a deadly building collapse exposed the hazardous state of the nation's workplaces.

First day on the job for Japan's nervous new recruits

Toukyo - Hundreds of thousands of Japanese started their first day on the job Friday in an annual ritual born from the country's fast-disappearing jobs-for-life work culture.

Flexible working can make you ill: Study

London - Family-friendly policies, work-life-balance, and flexible working are buzz phrases encouraged by governments and offered by more "enlightened" employers. But are they good for your health?

Man escapes home invaders, goes to work before calling for help

Woodstock - On Wednesday, a man was the victim of a home invasion and left tied up. After he freed himself, he headed into work before calling police.

Celebrity osteopath sentenced in France to 8 years for sex crimes

Bobigny - A French osteopath whose list of famous clients included Pablo Picasso and Rudolf Nureyev was on Thursday sentenced to eight years in jail on appeal for raping and sexually assaulting female patients.

Pope to make major speech in Italy's little China

- Pope Francis will Tuesday deliver a major speech on the theme of work in the symbolic location of Prato, a small town near Florence that has become synonymous with Chinese immigration to Italy.

The American temp work takeover: Union benefits to permatemps

The temp agency, or staffing firm, has seen a monumental increase in demand by companies looking to cut costs and increase efficiencies. The result has been permanent job displacement and uncertainty for many workers in the US economy.
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