Future of Work Roundup - Week of August 21

August 21, 2023

Future of Work Roundup - Week of August 21

Welcome to the Future of Work Roundup. Each week, we bring you five top stories—drawing from the latest academic research and industry trends—to give you an easily-digestible snapshot of how work is changing—and why it matters. 

Meta's Office Ultimatum: Comply or Leave

According to Insider article, this week, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg reversed his stance on remote work, issuing a strict return-to-office (RTO) policy effective September 5. The new guidelines require mandatory in-office attendance for most employees, with badge tracking and monthly evaluations for compliance. Violating the rules could result in termination.

Beijing's Digital Solution to Cemetery Overcrowding

Bloomberg reports that Beijing is piloting digital cemeteries to address land scarcity and a rapidly aging population. These innovative burial spaces use electronic screens instead of traditional headstones, offering a more affordable and personalized way to honor the deceased.

Robots to the Rescue: AI Revamps U.S. Infrastructure

The Wall Street Journal delves into how AI-powered robots are being employed to inspect and maintain the U.S.'s deteriorating infrastructure. These robotic solutions not only improve safety but also signal a paradigm shift from time-based to condition-based maintenance.

McKinsey Revolutionizes Internal Workflow with Debut of Generative AI Tool, Lilli

VentureBeat reports that McKinsey has launched Lilli, a generative AI tool aimed at optimizing consultant work by providing quick access to insights, data, and internal experts. Already in beta use by 7,000 employees, the tool significantly cuts down research and planning time.

AI in the Workplace: Why HR and IT Need to Team Up Now

The article published by Unleash stresses the critical alliance between HR and IT in implementing human-centric AI, aiming to alleviate employee fears and enhance productivity. Hinds argues that cross-departmental collaboration is vital for successful AI adoption and advises organizations to focus on experimentation to discover what truly benefits the workforce.

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