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Why the workforce needs to change for digital transformation: Q&A Special

The future of work is no longer just about filling today's open needs; it is about re-evaluating the work and the workforce of tomorrow. Michael Gretczko, of Deloitte explains what is needed for the future.

The five 'super skills' that today’s workforce needs: Interview Special

New research from the Institute for the Future has uncovered a knowledge gap highlighting five “super skills” that could change the future of work. To understand these skills further, Digital Journal spoke with Steven Kramer, CEO of WorkJam.

How to reshape your workforce in the age of AI

Artificial intelligence promises many benefits for companies. However, progress can be slow and uneven if the workforce is not taken on the digital transformation journey. New analysis describes how workers can be best prepared for the challenge.

Tesla rolls out new policies to help keep factory workers safe

A new post on Tesla's blog outlines how its infamous Fremont, California, factory has become safer for its workers. Employees had previously described long hours and injuries that came from uncomfortable, repetitive movements.

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.

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'.

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.

Interview: time-tracking software saves healthcare time Special

Boomr builds innovative time-tracking software to save businesses time and money. The company has recently expanded out into healthcare. To find out how time-trackers work, we spoke with company co-founder Matt Bowersox.

World's most employable graduates are from Caltech

The world's most employable graduates went to the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), according to new figures assessing graduate employability.

To be effective employees need to digitally unplug

A new study has perhaps confirmed what most would expect. To be effective at work the following day, employees need downtime and this includes not checking work emails when at home.

Nigeria uncovers 17,000 more civil service ghost workers

Lagos - Nigeria has uncovered 17,000 more ghost workers on the civil service payroll, the country's anti-corruption body said on Wednesday, taking the number of fictitious employees to more than 37,000.

Ikea to pay workers in the UK more than the living wage in 2016

Ikea, the Swedish firm, is set to become the first national retailer in the United Kingdom to pay staff above the government's National Living Wage.

One day robots may give super strength to factory workers

A robot exoskeleton that will help factory workers lift heavy equipment is getting closer to completion. The device would provide workers with super strength.

Microsoft lays off hundreds more employees in restructuring plan

Microsoft has laid off hundreds more employees amid its continuing "restructuring" plan started last summer by CEO Satya Nadella. It is unknown exactly how many have been affected by the latest round of cuts.

Ebola-proof Android tablet helps aid workers in West Africa

Google has developed an Ebola-proof tablet for use by health workers in Sierra Leone. It can resist the storms and high humidity of West Africa and can be dipped into antibacterial chlorine after use.

Labour Day events support workers, call for the rights of TFWs Special

Edmonton - Labour Day in Edmonton was marked with several events supporting and celebrating marginalized workers in a variety of ways.

A century of hard work on the Panama Canal

Panama City - From painter Paul Gauguin's illness-ridden misadventure in the Central American rainforest to tugboat captain Eileen Vinueza's purple nail polish and sneakers, working on the Panama Canal has changed considerably in the past century.

Taiwan to review minimum wage after thousands rally on Labor Day

Taipei - Dozens of trade union members, labor rights groups and student groups marched in the streets Thursday, protesting against low pay and the use of temporary workers.

Canadian workers were affected by fungal infection

The U.S. CDC has confirmed that builders renovating an old house in Quebec, Canada contracted fungal spores from the building. The reason was that the workmen were not provided with the correct equipment.

Study: Low-paid fast food workers cost $3.8 billion per year

Low-paid fast-food workers in the United States cost taxpayers about $4 billion a year because of the federal subsidies they receive, according to a new study. A total of 52% of non-management workers in the fast-food receive some type of subsidy.

Employers cooling as ice cream workers go on strike in Spain

Madrid - Just as Spain's hot summer weather finally kicks off, workers at Spanish ice cream factories downed tools on Friday as negotiations freeze with the industry's employer body.

RBC accused of replacing Canadian staff with temp foreign workers

The Royal Bank of Canada has been accused of replacing Canadian staff with workers that staff trained from India. The Indian workers are in Canada as part of the temporary foreign workers program.

7 foreign nationals taken hostage in Nigeria

Bauchi - Seven foreign nationals have been kidnapped in Nigeria after a group of armed gunman stormed the compound of a Lebanese construction company.

Foxconn workers on strike After iPhone 5 starts brawls

The Chinese workers of Foxconn apparently had enough and thousands of workers have gone on strike, according to China Labor Watch.

Up to 261 workers killed in factory fires in Pakistan (video)

Karachi - Two factories in Pakistan were gutted by fire on Tuesday, killing up to 261 people. Rescue work in Karachi and Lahore continues today.

Fewer Canadians living paycheque to paycheque, savings rate at 5%

Toronto - Although much of the country is reporting that they live paycheque to paycheque and would be in a difficult situation if their pay was delayed, there are fewer Canadians who are having a difficult time making ends meet.

Lufthansa strike: Around 300 flights have been canceled

Frankfurt - Germany's largest airline, Lufthansa, has canceled around 300 flights in Frankfurt, with 26,000 passengers stranded. Berlin has joined in and Munich will follow shortly.

Arrested Marikana miners assaulted in jail by S.A. Police

Rustenburg - More than 100 cases of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm on mine workers, arrested during the recent strike at the Lonmin mine, have been opened against the South African police in the last 48 hours.

Marineland claims inspectors found no major problems at aquarium

Niagara Falls - The long awaited investigation of Marineland at Niagara Falls, has apparently turned up no serious problems, despite allegations of animal neglect and poor conditions by former employees.

Blacklist: UK construction workers fighting a job market ban

London - UK construction workers, struggling to find work, have now found that they are on an "employment blacklist", an illegal document which is ruining their lives.
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TRANSPORTATION: A modern San Francisco streetcar passes AT&T Park, home of the San Francsico Giants baseball team, in 2006.
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QUIET TIME: San Francisco Muni's West Portal Station is seen in a photo from 2005.
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The garment industry in Bangladesh is women-driven. Most can't even manage the calorie intake required to work in such factories with the pittance they are given as wages.
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Factory Automation with industrial robots for palletizing food products replace human workers. But m...
Factory Automation with industrial robots for palletizing food products replace human workers. But more technical skill sets are needed to operate the machines.
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McDonald"s Corp. corporate headquarters in Oak Park, Ill.
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A KYE employee in China working on a technology product
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Japanese shipyard workers at Yokosuka Japan. February 22, 2008
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Taiwan's workers and Labor Unions protested at Ketagalan Blvd and marched to Ministry of Labor on May 1, 2014 in Taipei.
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workers and labor unions showed their support for CPMC's plans to build a new hospital in San Francisco.
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Labor Unions in support of CPMC, showed up at the steps of City Hall on July 14, 2011
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Grape pickers. These workers migrate from field to field in northern Mexico and California.
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Assembly of Section 41 of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, July 1, 2007.
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Smithsonian Workers Strike
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Rev. Michael Livingston
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Being homeless is hard. Working and being homeless is even harder.
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