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With smartphones allowing work emails to be checked out at all hours, the separation of work from leisure is becoming increasingly blurred. With smartphones allowing work emails to be checked out at all hours, the separation of work from leisure is becoming increasingly blurred. Image from www.shutterstock.com

You’ve got mail, 24-7: a work-life blessing or curse?

For many of us, smartphones and laptops have enabled an electronic untethering from physical and temporal limitations workplaces, creating the opportunity for greater flexibility to fit paid work in and…
Technology and globalisation are dramatically transforming the workers and workplaces of the future. Technology and globalisation are dramatically transforming the workers and workplaces of the future.

The Future of Work

The modern workplace is constantly evolving. The water cooler and the 9-to-5 grind are quickly becoming relics of the past; what is in store for the future? The Conversation has been running a series…
The changing face of shift work: fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers may be wealthy, but are their lifestyles unhealthy? The changing face of shift work: fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers may be wealthy, but are their lifestyles unhealthy? Alex E.Proimos

Despite wealth for toil, FIFO workers find themselves sick and tired

Welcome to the Future of Work, a series from The Conversation that looks at the ongoing evolution of the workplace. Today, Griffith University’s Olav Muurlink looks at how the mining industry is single-handly…
Technology was supposed to ease the burden of work and increase our leisure time. Instead, it has made it easier to work from home and outside of working hours. Technology was supposed to ease the burden of work and increase our leisure time. Instead, it has made it easier to work from home and outside of working hours. headexplodie

Tool or time thief? Technology and the work-life balance

Welcome to the Future of Work, a series from The Conversation that looks at the ongoing evolution of the workplace. Today, Monash University’s Anne Bardoel looks at technology and the threat it poses to…
A labour shortage in Australia’s resources sector has led to the rapid growth of a transient workforce in remote mining communities. A labour shortage in Australia’s resources sector has led to the rapid growth of a transient workforce in remote mining communities. robstephaustralia

Mining towns and the rise of the transient workforce

Welcome to the Future of Work, a series from The Conversation that looks at the ongoing evolution of the workplace. Today, QUT’s Alison McIntosh outlines the social, cultural and economic challenges posed…
Casual workers can often feel as though they are being treated as a commodity by their employers. Casual workers can often feel as though they are being treated as a commodity by their employers. katiemarinascott

Labour in vain: casualisation presents a precarious future for workers

Welcome to the Future of Work, a series from The Conversation that looks at the ongoing evolution of the workplace. Today, Monash University’s Veronica Sheen examines the consequences of the increasing…
From the workplace to the workhome: architectural design should evolve to reflect the growing number of people taking part in home-based work. From the workplace to the workhome: architectural design should evolve to reflect the growing number of people taking part in home-based work. seier + seier

Home is where the work is: the case for an urban design revolution

Welcome to the Future of Work, a series from The Conversation that looks at the ongoing evolution of the workplace. Today, London Metropolitan University’s Frances Holliss looks at the growth of home-based…
Self-employment can offer a great deal of flexibility, but it can also result in a poorer work-life balance. Self-employment can offer a great deal of flexibility, but it can also result in a poorer work-life balance. lulemon athletica

The imperfect freedoms of the freelancer in the changing world of work

Welcome to the Future of Work, a series from The Conversation that looks at the ongoing evolution of the workplace. Today, University of South Australia’s Barbara Pocock looks at the rise of freelance…