Vassil Kirov presented the H2020 project BEYOND 4.0, which takes a closer look at the impact of new technologies on the future of jobs, business models and welfare with a focus on emerging new jobs and workplace innovations.
Ursula Holtgrewe introduced INCODING, which looks at ways of shaping algorithmic management through social dialogue to retain or improve workplace democracy and job quality.
Ludivine Martin presented insights from DIGITUP on the impact of the COVID-19 first lockdown on the use of digital tools among teleworkers in Luxembourg.
Inspired by the presented projects and common research interests, the group explored the impact of homeworking during and beyond the pandemic. It appears that previous experience with homeworking and remote working helped companies and workers. Variation in working hours and time saved on commuting may be favourable for workers (unless these hours are just added to working time or were eaten up by increased workloads in childcare or elderly care during the pandemic). However, remote collaboration and leadership remain challenging, especially where co-workers and collaborators do not know each other personally.
The next Open Virtual Expert Café will take place on 3 February 2022, from 14-15:30 CET. Register here to present your own work (one slide, 3 minute time-slot) or to just listen and join the discussion. Click here to register.