Big Data, AI, Machine-Learning Are Shaping the Future of Jobs

Job descriptions like walker/talker, fitness commitment counsellor, digital tailor, ethical sourcing manager, AI business development manager and man-machine teaming manager are among the low-to-mid technology jobs that are expected to be on the HR’s radar in the next five years.

These jobs share the common theme of Coaching, Caring and Connecting: Coaching being the human ability to help others get better at life; Caring being the human endeavour of improving people’s health; and Connecting being the intellectual leverage only humans can bring in connecting man with machine, traditional with shadow IT, physical with virtual, and most importantly, commerce with ethics.

Source: The Hindu Business Line

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Can Co-Working with Virtual Strangers Enhance Your Freelancing Business?

For many of us, the concept of a co-worker revolves around sharing a physical space with someone else. But in this day of virtual realities, many of us are discovering that some of our co-workers may actually be strangers. By engaging in a virtual space with virtual strangers, it allows for individuals to work on their sections of a project concurrently as opposed to having to wait for one person to finish a part of the project before someone else can work on it.

Source: Freelancers Union

Every Minute We Spend on Work about Work Is a Minute We’re Not Doing Work

First came the “interest graph.” Before that, the “social graph.” Now we’re seeing the emergence of a third important graph: the work graph. Whereas a social graph maps people and their relationships, a work graph centers around the work.

It seems crazy that 99% of companies lack a definitive source of “truth” about everything they’re working on. Crazier still given that $304 billion will be spent on enterprise software this year, much of it — like enterprise social networks — purporting to solve these problems. The concept of enterprise social networks is appealing. But the problem is that they’re ports of earlier technologies designed for connecting people, not for coordinating work.

Source: Wired

Maker vs. Manager: How Your Schedule Can Make or Break You

Managers don’t necessarily need the capacity for deep focus — they primarily need the ability to make fast, smart decisions. A maker’s schedule is different. It is made up of long blocks of time reserved for focusing on particular tasks, or the entire day might be devoted to one activity. Breaking their day up into slots of a few minutes each would be the equivalent of doing nothing.

Pausing to drink some water, stretch, or get fresh air is the type of break that recharges makers and helps them focus better when they get back to work. Pausing to hear about a coworker’s marital problems or the company’s predictions for the next quarter has the opposite effect. A break and time spent not working are very different. One fosters focus, the other snaps it.

Source: Farnam Street

Upwork CEO Stephane Kasriel: 4 Predictions for the Future of Work

The talent war of the future will no longer be between companies, it will be between cities. As technology untethers society, and remote work becomes the norm, people will live in the cities of their choosing, rather than the ones that are nearest to where they work. The cities of their choosing will have a certain “vibe” by offering attractive living options in tech-friendly environments.

Source: World Economic Forum

Six Ways to Build Relationships With Remote Workers

Remote work is fast becoming the norm, thanks to the fact that it offers many benefits for employers and workers alike. The 2015 AfterCollege Career Insight Survey found that 68% of job seekers, who happened to be millennials, would prefer the option to work remotely.

Today’s young workforce are more interested in companies that offer flexible, professional work environments. And it’s only good news for employers too: remote workers are 35-40% more productive, while 6 out of 10 employers experience cost savings as a result of telecommuting.

But how does a manager build relationships with individuals when the team is scattered across the world, and how does he or she encourage cohesion and create a team culture?

Source: Mikogo

Travelettes: 10 Amazing Cities for Digital Nomads

Our selection is based on criteria like affordability, coolness/quirkiness, food scene & nightlife, proximity to adventure & nature and its cultural landscape. A typical Travelettes city has a cool vibe with loads to do and plenty of close-by weekend getaways. Not all are dirt-cheap, but they are certainly vibrant, rich in culture and perfect for young people who want to live la dolce vita!

Source: Travelettes