World Bank report calls for changing approach to working cultures

A new report from the World Bank has call for more investment in people to prepare them for the economies of the future. The 2019 World Development report (WDR) “The Changing Nature of Work” claims that digital technologies are driving the demand for advanced cognitive skills, socio-behavioral skills, and adaptability in labour …

The One Thing You Aren’t Buying at Costco, But Should Be

Fact of life: Everybody loves Costco. The free samples around every corner are reason enough to go; throw in the $1.50 hot dog-and-drink combo, and it’s a veritable wonderland. Loyalists of the wholesale retailer know what to shop for (bacon, maple syrup, those 14-pack razors you can’t find anywhere else) …

Nearly a quarter of London office take up is in financial sector, says CBRE

Despite political and economic uncertainly and the aftermath of the global monetary crisis in 2008, London remains a leading global financial centre, with nearly a quarter (24 percent) of the capital’s office take-up attributed to banking and finance occupiers over the last ten years. London is by far the most active …

Learn how to get the most out of Microsoft Office with these online classes

If you have a computer, chances are you’ve used Microsoft Office before. You know what we’re talking about: Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook— the list goes on. After all, what else would you use to write up a cover letter, track your finances, create a killer presentation for work, or …

Amazon-backed wearables company Thalmic Labs kills its Myo armband, teases new product

Canadian wearables company Thalmic Labs has announced that its ceasing sales of its gesture- and motion-guided Myo armband, as it looks to put all its efforts into an as-yet-undisclosed new product. Founded in 2012, Ontario-based Thalmic Labs has raised north of $135 million in funding, the majority of which arrived via a series …

Save $150 (and all your photos) with this 400 GB microSD card from SanDisk that Amazon has on sale

Digital storage is perhaps the most annoying part of our uber-connected age. When you run out of space on your device, your hands are literally tied. This is why we love micro SD cards so much (and why every time we write about them, y’all scoop them up super fast.) …

Many leaders lack the skills needed to manage in the digital age

A study conducted by The Oxford Group (registration) claims that companies are struggling to adapt to a digital workplace as leaders lack the critical digital skills they need to transform the organisation. Whilst 96 percent of respondents said the onus is on leaders to drive the adoption of new technologies …

Digital Board could help Local Authorities deliver smart initiatives

Local authorities, which are on the front line of implementation when it comes to smart, place-based digital initiatives could be helped to deliver positive, sustainable citizen outcomes for their locality with the formation of a Digital Board – a new report claims. Launched at techUK’s Local Gov Transformation: Creating smart places …

Why Super Smash Bros. is one of the best fighting games — Games to Play Before You Die

Jordan Minor, Kellen Beck, and Bob Al-Greene dissect the gameplay that makes Smash 64 one of the best fighting games. Read more… More about Mashable Video, Nintendo, Video Games, Classic Games, and Super Smash Bros Source: Mashable Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Government policy is making life increasingly difficult for freelancers

Freelancers expect government policy to drive their businesses and the economy into decline over the next year, a report from IPSE (the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed) claims. This quarter, amid widespread speculation about Budget announcements that would harm the self-employed, freelancers’ confidence in their annual business performance …

Basic income experiment increased wellbeing but did not encourage people to find work

Giving jobless people in Finland a basic income for two years improved their self-perceived wellbeing but did not lead them to find work, researchers have concluded. In the trial, from January 2017 until December 2018, 2,000 unemployed Finns were paid a monthly flat amount of €560.  The aim was to see …

The world's most powerful politicians once rode Segways

The man in control of the world’s second largest nuclear stockpile is reportedly terrified of taking the stairs. In earlier, happier times, our leaders were brave. They were courageous warriors. They were decent, educated, sophisticated diplomats. They kept the post-WWII international world order together. They rode Segways.  SEE ALSO: This …

Employees want to achieve a healthy work-life balance this year

A new Acas study of the key issues for working lives in 2019 claims that the biggest issues for employers will be finding skilled workers (53 percent), productivity (36 percent) and technological change (36 percent). On a more personal level, the most important issues in employees’ working life will be …

These Are the Cities Where It’s Getting Easier for Millennials to Buy Homes

Rising home prices and student debt are making it harder for young people to buy homes. But if you want to beat increasing costs in popular areas like California and the Pacific-Northwest, check out Texas. Home prices across the U.S. reached an all-time high this summer, with the median house …

Learning to learn will be key skill in new world of work

A joint report by the Secretariat of the All Party Parliamentary Group on AI, Big Innovation Centre, and professional services firm KPMG has been published, identifying the key skills individuals and organisations will need if they are to survive and thrive in the unfolding future. The report finds that jobs …

US workers do not want to work from home all the time

Most US workers prefer to spend some time in an office (83 percent) over fully working from home, according to a new survey of full-time employees from Clutch. Respondents claim that office based work helps them collaborate with coworkers and feel included in the company’s culture. However, more than half …

British Property Federation announces plans to modernise commercial property sector

The British Property Federation (BPF) has launched a Technology and Innovation programme for the UK commercial property sector – to support the sector in its digital transformation – following the Government’s challenge to all sectors of the economy to improve productivity and deliver growth. The programme is launched with the …

Cultural issues hold back digital transformation

New research from Oracle and the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management claims that many organisations have invested in the right technologies to enjoy the benefits of digital transformation, but lack the culture, skills or behaviours necessary to reap them fully. According to the report (registration), business efficiency increases …

Google Assistant is getting a better visual interface on Android

Google assistant is getting a more visual interface on Android phones with larger images for web search, and easier access to the visual snapshot of your day. Web searches with Google Assistant when asking factually-based questions or when you say “Tell me about San Francisco” may now display a larger …

Finally, wireless headphones you won't be embarrassed to wear

Master & Dynamic has brought wireless headphones one step forward with its latest design. With a unique style and incredible sound quality, they also automatically pause as they are removed from the ear.   Read more… More about Music, Lifestyle, Mashable Video, Headphones, and Wireless Headphones Source: Mashable Republished by …

Celebrities Are Leading a Campaign to Buy School Supplies for Teachers. Here’s How You Can Help

A social media shoutout to teachers who have to pay out of pocket to buy school supplies has morphed into a viral campaign that’s the best feel-good story of the season. Ed Droste, frontman for the Brooklyn indie rock band Grizzly Bear, launched a 10-day giveaway via Instagram at the …

Forty percent of UK businesses have experienced cyber security breach in past year

Well over a third (40 percent) of UK businesses have experienced a cyber security breach or attack in the last 12 months, according to new government figures as it announces the UK is set to become a world leader in the race to eradicate some of the most damaging cyber …

The biggest problem for city centres is a lack of high skilled jobs

The Centre for Cities, in partnership with George Capital, has mapped the UK cities with the strongest city centre economies in the UK, and identified their common features. The report City Centres: Past, Present and Future found that focusing on the struggles of certain high streets ignores the success of …

These 100-Year-Old Retirees Are Running, Teaching Yoga, and Living Their Best Lives. Here Are Their Secrets to Happiness

Orville Rogers is 100 years old and routinely breaks records at track meets around the country. Sure, the World War II veteran doesn’t have much competition in his age bracket, but that’s beside the point. The point is that Rogers is in his fourth decade of retirement and still running …

Study examines consequences of workplace bullying

New research reveals how frequently being the target of workplace bullying not only leads to health-related problems but can also cause victims to behave badly themselves. The study, led by the University of East Anglia (UEA) in collaboration with Uninettuno Telematic International University in Italy, found that in some cases …

Friday finds: the best workplace stories for this afternoon and the weekend

Is the office cubicle actually designed to crush your soul? “Permanent casuals” and other oxymorons Post-Brexit immigration: reconciling public perceptions with economic evidence Viewing a new world of work through old lenses So you want to work in HR? Is coworking dead? Stress and mental health at work: half a …