“The future of work is flexibility”, according to Alphabet’s Sundar Pichai- HR and the Future of Work – Issue 59: CogX

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Sundar Pichai, the chief executive of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, last week said “The future of work is flexibility” suggesting that most Googlers would be working three days in the office and two days somewhere else.

Acknowledging that for more than 20 years, employees had been “coming to the office to solve interesting problems — in a cafe, around a whiteboard, or during a pickup game of beach volleyball…” it contrasted in tone with the piece by Washingtonian Media’s chief exec, who seemed to suggest that managers might not provide remote workers with the same status and benefits as full-time employees.

You’ll find more on the backlash this created, below, as well as great pieces on hyper-personalisation, and mind-reading at work.



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20 percent of Google’s staff will continue to work remotely. An expected 60 percent will work three days in the office and two days “wherever they work best.” The remaining 20 percent of workers will transfer to different Google offices.

Read more (Google)


Editorial staff members at Washingtonian are refusing to publish online on Friday after the D.C.-based magazine’s chief executive wrote an opinion piece about the future of remote work that generated an immediate backlash.

Read more (New York Times)


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Flexibility and fellow staff will pull us back to the office, says the FT and warns that in planning a post-pandemic workplace, too many employers are fixated on the fixtures and fittings.

Read more (Financial Times)


These robots want to read your mind while you work. You should let them, suggests an assistant professor of engineering, who is using brain-machine interfaces to create a sort of cybernetic workforce, embedding EEG directly into construction workers’ hard hats.

Read more (Inverse)


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It has been shown that implementing technologies that offer hyper-personalisation in the workplace can help improve employee productivity, reduce time wasted completing tasks as well as improve the relationship between employees and their employers.


Read more (The HR Director)



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