The “Fourth Bottom Line” – Human Capital Accountability

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Companies use various measures of performance to attract investors and other stakeholders, not only their financial performance, but also their “bottom lines” in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and environmental impact. Now, as the 21 st century workplace demands the development of 21 st century skills, companies need a fourth bottom line: their commitment to human capital development.

The objective would be for companies around the world to become more transparent and accountable for how they develop employees and enable them to gain the requisite knowledge, skills, and character for the technology-enhanced workplace of today — and tomorrow. This could be […]

Robots to the fore – Key insights for New Zealand Business into RPA in 2019

Robots to the fore – Key insights for New Zealand Business into RPA in 2019

50 million tonnes of e-waste: IT faces sustainability challenges Vocus & Vodafone unbundle NZ’s fibre network Article by Quanton founder & MD, Garry Green

Humans and robots will be forging stronger ties this year as Robotic Process Automation (RPA) – a digital transformation technology which deploys software robots to perform repetitive mundane tasks, in effect creating a virtual workforce of software robots and freeing employees up to do more complex, value adding jobs – moves further into the Kiwi business landscape. Garry Green, Founder/MD for Quanton, offers 4 insights into the market.

AI meets RPA for intelligent automation – […]

Industry 4.0 and the changing job landscape

Industry 4.0 and the changing job landscape

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A proactive approach to the changing business environment will benefit organisations and adapt to the change. Organisations in general, and HR departments in particular, will need to re-examine the way resources are deployed, and potentially invest in new skills for jobs that currently do not exist. Picture: Shutterstock The world as we know it is on the brink of a revolution, driven by emerging technologies that are set to fundamentally alter our lives in unprecedented and unanticipated ways. This shift to Industry 4.0, also known as the fourth Industrial Revolution, hinges off the increasing pervasiveness of digitisation.

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Printing company foresees robot in Indiana benefitting from Illinois $15 minimum wage

Printing company foresees robot in Indiana benefitting from Illinois $15 minimum wage

Printing company foresees robot in Indiana benefitting from Illinois $15 minimum wage

The owner of a growing book printing company faces a greater threat from out-of-state competitors thanks to lawmakers in his home state. Calls for a $15 minimum wage and progressive tax could hurt his workers and business in southern Illinois.

Rick Lindemann started working for Total Printing Systems as a child, but now owns the book printing company and has grown it after buying out his parents in 2016.Since becoming the owner, he added 10 employees, bringing the total to 57 at two locations in Newton, Illinois. He […]

Robotic Process Automation Aims To Shake Up Various Industries

Robotic Process Automation Aims To Shake Up Various Industries

Created by me using Adobe Illustrator. Maciej DUraj Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is allowing businesses to automate certain mundane tasks and business processes with the aid of machine learning algorithms and robotics. The way it works is that computer software or a robot can watch the way employees interact with a GUI and later emulate these actions in an automated process.

There are clear advantages of this approach and many CIOs are jumping on the bandwagon and implementing RPA in their companies workflows. For one, robots can always be on and do not need to leave the office or sleep. […]

Thinking outside the bot: Automation and the future of employment

Thinking outside the bot: Automation and the future of employment

It’s always intriguing to consider what we would tell our younger selves if we could travel back in time, and offer decades of experience and directional guidance that might change our trajectory in life. After providing some investment advice and a much-needed dating and personal grooming tip or two, I’d probably encourage my college-age self to pay a bit more attention to my studies outside technology and business.

As I look back over my career, beyond general concepts, I’ve used almost nothing from my dozens of programming and technical classes, yet I’m surprisingly confronting questions that draw on everything from […]

Chicago alderman wants ‘robot tax’

Chicago alderman wants ‘robot tax’

Chicago alderman wants ‘robot tax’

As Amazon considers pulling its HQ2 out of New York City, Chicago is considering imposing a “robot tax” on companies looking to automate their way around high labor costs.

Chicago would impose a “robot tax” on companies as a penalty for automating, under a proposal that may soon get a hearing in the City Council.Ald. Ameya Pawar, 47th Ward, announced Feb. 11 his intention to introduce a pair of “Amazon protection ordinances” before his self-imposed final term ends in May, according to the Chicago Sun-Times .The proposals would include a steep fine – a “robot […]

The Learning Landscape for 2019

The Learning Landscape for 2019

Here are some key trends that one can expect from the world of learning this year Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

In recent years, innovations in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and the Internet of Things have been major drivers in transforming businesses, the way we work and our everyday life. While these transformative technologies revolutionized the job market, the skillset demanded by employers has also experienced a major transformation. Organizations across industries are keen on hiring candidates who possess a varied skillset replete with the latest digital skills and an enthusiasm for continuously upskilling during the […]

Robots might take over CEE jobs, but what does this mean for the future of employment?

Robots might take over CEE jobs, but what does this mean for the future of employment?

Workplace automation meets brain drain and ageing populations: In Eastern Europe, the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ will fundamentally transform job markets in the future – yet studies suggest that the effects may have surprisingly positive effects.

Brain Drain: It’s a term that has taken some momentum across a number of countries as officials consider how to retain young talent within their countries.

From fearing that Brexit might send talent running for the bright job markets and open borders of the European Union, to employers reportedly being forced to hike up wages in Eastern Europe as a last-ditch attempt to retain staff, it’s […]

The New Workforce: 3 Tactics to Secure your Digital Future

The New Workforce: 3 Tactics to Secure your Digital Future

Both individual employees and their employers need to take action to prepare for a future where people increasingly work alongside machines.

Automation and artificial intelligence technologies are posing a peculiar challenge to workforce management. On the one hand, they are taking over certain types of jobs, sparking unemployment worries among workers. On the other hand, they are creating new opportunities requiring workers with specialized skills that are, unfortunately, in short supply. In numbers this reads as 5.5% of the world’s job seekers remaining unemployed, even as tens of millions of positions remain unfilled. We are staring down the barrel of […]