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"We should not see automation and digital transformation as a way to replace humans; it is about bringing out the best in humans, in collaboration with machines and algorithms".

How digitalization of industries can empower humanity

5G can play a pivotal role in transforming industries to be more flexible, productive and sustainable

A few companies have begun counting what happens when employees boot up computers at home, turn up gas furnaces and ignore the world’s most energy-efficient corporate campuses.

Companies need to confront a new and rapidly emerging climate challenge: Home offices

By: EBR | Friday, May 13, 2022

Tech and financial companies leading efforts to cut climate changing emissions are finding a new challenge from remote work: the CO2 spewing out of home offices

60% women say hybrid working makes them feel shut out.

Here’s why hybrid working means more stress for women

By: EBR | Friday, May 6, 2022

Burnout and stress for women at work have reached “alarming levels”, a new report warns

 Unsurprisingly, the most important aspect for a healthy work-life balance is the amount of time people spend (not) at work, how many people work very long hours and how much time remains for leisure.

These countries have the best work-life balance

By: EBR | Thursday, May 5, 2022

People in Italy have the best work-life balance, according to the OECD

Companies need to prioritize the most critical inclusion practices: work-life support, team building, and mutual respect.

How can hybrid work models prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion?

By: EBR | Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Hybrid work has the potential to create an unequal playing field if not done correctly

Having experienced remote working during COVID-19, employees now want greater flexibility on working hours.

Could we soon be seeing the end of 9-5?

By: EBR | Thursday, April 28, 2022

After having had a taste of remote working through the pandemic, employees are now yearning for even greater flexibility when it comes to their working hours

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Skills and diversity needed to drive innovation, performance and value but many organizations are falling short on both.

The key skills needed to build diversity, equality, inclusion and belonging in the workplace

By: EBR | Thursday, April 21, 2022

As organizations explore ways to become more diverse and inclusive, what skills might help them be more successful?

An ability to adapt and confront challenges posed by threats cross risk categories is vital for business to thrive in an uncertain world.

Three imperatives for businesses to mitigate risks and thrive in an uncertain world

By: EBR | Thursday, April 21, 2022

Adapting in an uncertain and varying environment is fundamental to business success

Under severe budget constraints, how can NPOs manage the trade-offs between offering variety versus serving more beneficiaries?

Unfinished Business: Co-Creating Solutions With Beneficiaries

By: EBR | Wednesday, April 20, 2022

A non-profit organisation’s (NPO) work is hardly ever finished. Faced with competing beneficiary needs and budget constraints, the NPO must also ensure that the goods and services it provides suit beneficiaries’ diverse needs so that they will be put to good use

Hybrid working will be part of future work patterns, but some companies and employees are struggling to adapt, a new Microsoft report says.

5 things companies and staff need to learn about hybrid work

By: EBR | Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Hybrid working is here to stay

The solution lies in “sustainable productivity”, say experts, which means focusing on employee engagement in addition to sales and revenue.

What is ’sustainable productivity’ at work and why do we need it?

By: EBR | Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Companies that fail to address the conflict between productivity and employee well-being risk losing employees, according to studies

Torn between family obligations and work, many people can’t resist working on their phones after hours, creating a downward spiral for their well-being and home life.

How Family-Work Conflict Keeps Us Glued to Our Mobile Phones

By: EBR | Monday, April 11, 2022

For all the misery it has wrought, Covid-19 will also be remembered for triggering the “Great Remote Working Experiment” on a global scale

The ’conversational circumplex’ model works by understanding and identifying the motives of the participant in a conversation.

How to have more successful conversations

By: EBR | Thursday, April 7, 2022

Negotiating a salary increase or a job promotion ranks high on the list of hard conversations to have at work, and it doesn’t get any easier without a plan

Demand for skills related to the green economy is rising.

Upskill for green jobs of the future

By: EBR | Wednesday, April 6, 2022

The share of green talent in the workforce has increased by more than 38 percent since 2015

The United Nations is both a fascinating playground for artificial intelligence applications and a showcase of AI implementation problems and solutions.

Creating People-Centric International Organisations With AI

By: EBR | Tuesday, April 5, 2022

From powering web searches, curating social media feeds, detecting and diagnosing diseases, to driving vehicles and navigating roads, artificial intelligence is as entrenched in our lives as tree roots in a rainforest

Machine Learning (ML) carries new challenges with it that traditional technology development didn’t always have.

Perfecting the art of the whole organisation with machine learning

By: EBR | Monday, April 4, 2022

How do you capture continuous insights on your business that can help you make more informed decisions? You wade through the data

"Even though circular business models appear promising, a good understanding of the market and the offer is essential to prevent costly mistakes due to overly optimistic assumptions".

Designing a Circular Business Strategy That Works

By: EBR | Wednesday, March 30, 2022

To avoid costly mistakes due to overly optimistic assumptions, a good understanding of the market and the product is needed

Research shows that 37% of firms are not including water issues in their investment decisions and 48% are not considering forests.

Why forests are essential for a habitable planet

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 29, 2022

The immediate environmental threats posed by climate change may be rising up on business world agendas, but more urgent action is needed

The pandemic helped lead a huge rise in remote working, but there is still relatively little data about the practice and and its impact.

Are you more productive working from home? This study looks for answers

By: EBR | Monday, March 28, 2022

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of workers working from home (WFH) has been increasing rapidly

Trust in governments has declined since the start of the pandemic.

Why businesses and governments need to start building trust

By: EBR | Thursday, March 24, 2022

As we gradually move toward a post-pandemic world, the health sector’s engagement with health authorities has never been more important

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How digitalization of industries can empower humanity

How digitalization of industries can empower humanity

5G can play a pivotal role in transforming industries to be more flexible, productive and sustainable

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