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Technology can help workers in many ways. Romero, Stahre, Wuest, et al.

Introducing ‘Operator 4.0,’ a tech-augmented human worker

People will still be needed on factory floors, even as robots become more common. Future operators will have technical support and be super-strong, super-smart and constantly connected.
A shift to open-plan offices means interpersonal and influencing skills are more important than ever. shutterstock

Lack of workers with ‘soft skills’ demands a shift in teaching

So-called 'soft skills' – including interpersonal skills, critical thinking and relationship-building – are rated as being important across all jobs and industries.
Hospitality workers, along with fast food and retail workers, will have Sunday and public holiday rates cut under the decision. Lukas Coch/AAP

Cutting Sunday penalty rates will hurt young people the most

The Fair Work Commission's latest decision to cut certain Sunday and public holiday penalty rates continues a tradition of undervaluing young workers.
Settling well in Australia often takes time for people from migrant backgrounds. Lukas Coch/AAP

Middle Eastern migrants aren’t ‘piling on to the dole queue’

Labour force data actually shows that, after an initial period of relatively high unemployment, employment rates among migrant communities eventually reach parity with the rest of the population.
Freelance and contract work can be stressful, depending on your situation and personality type. www.shutterstock.com

How to cope with the stress of working alone

Workers in the gig economy may need to family members, online services or mentors to preserve their mental health.
Cafes might have hosted work for centuries but are they the best place for gig workers to do their thing? TOLGA BOZOGLU/EPA

What workspaces are the best for freelance workers?

When it comes to gig workers, research says it's better to work with others and in the same place everytime.
Waiting area in Lagos, Nigeria. Maersk Line/Flickr

How late is late?

Britons, Nigerians, Americans and Brasilians don't see time in the same way. These differences are explained by the history and constraints of each country.

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