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Making automation easily understandable to everyone who needs to use it is an essential part of the technology’s development — but why has this not been the goal for the beginning? — FREEPIK.COM

Automation can save the job market, if put into the right hands. Digitally transformative technologies have become widely accepted by business leaders as a means of giving us a productivity boost akin to the industrial revolution. But as AI and automation technologies have been developed by the world’s most influential tech leaders, they risk becoming inaccessible to the average end user.

Enabling real people to utilize powerful automation tools will require a different approach to the current model of making technology so advanced and convoluted that the average user will never understand its inner workings.

To get people back to work as smoothly as possible, while taking advantage of a completely restructured working world, ‘low-code’ automation could be an efficient way to get people comfortable with working alongside automation. …

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In this singular period in history, investing in sustainability could lift us out of a devastating economic crash — it’s just a matter of framing energy efficiency as an investment, not a cost — FREEPIK

The conversation around climate change has understandably taken a back seat in recent months, but as reports emerge that we have only six months to avert climate catastrophe, it is clear that the world’s pandemic recovery plan must also include drastically reduced energy consumption. Luckily, economic recovery and a healthier planet go hand in hand, despite what the prevailing narrative might suggest.

As we slowly get back to work, travel restrictions ease, and our daily lives settle into a new normal, business leaders must seize the opportunity to implement more streamlined and efficient practices and begin to see that it’s easy (and cost-effective) to be green. …

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Salary has traditionally been heavily influenced by location — but in a globalized world that is embracing remote working, why should the place you live be a deciding factor? FREEPIK

Historically speaking, where an employee is based has almost always been a prevailing factor in their remuneration. Be it individuals working for the same multinational company, or workers from the same industry operating in different geographies, conventionally, pay has very much been dictated by the local economic climate. Going forwards, however, this practice may soon be consigned to the past.

Though the way we work has changed drastically over the years, this has undoubtedly been most evident in the last decade or so. Of the key trends we’ve seen, remote work has not only been the most common, but also the fastest-growing. Before the pandemic imposed remote models on the vast majority of companies, according to Flexjobs’ State of Remote Work 2019 survey, there had already been a 159% increase in remote work in the US between 2005 and 2017. …


Charles Towers-Clark

CEO of Pod Group (@PodGroup_IoT) Author of “The WEIRD CEO”. Advocate of Employee Self Responsibility, #FutureOfWork and #AI. Contributor:

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