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Your weekly tech podcast where we explore the stories, ideas, and research around the megatrends shaping the future of work and life.

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Episode 1

Our relationship with physical space

May 19th, 2021

How is our relationship with physical spaces changing? Cinemas are hiring their spaces out to gamers, and the humble telephone booth may have an augmented future. We also celebrate the 5Oth birthday of the email, and ask if there’s still life in the old dog.

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Episode 2

Reskilling for the future of work, is it necessary?

May 19th, 2021

The upheaval of 2020 has accelerated changes in the way we work and the way we live. What impact has this had on employment, and how many of us are going to have to retrain to stay relevant in a changing jobs market?

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Episode 3

Fear of missing out, mental health and a huge amount of money

May 19th, 2021

Is fear of Missing Out (FOMO) going to drive us back from home comforts to the hustle and bustle of the office? What’s certain is that a return to the shared workplace means a return to the commute, and whether this has a positive or negative impact on our mental health and creativity.

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Episode 4

Happiness in the workplace, and why 150 is a magic number

May 19th, 2021

Machine learning and AI are increasingly present in the workplace. Will it make us more productive, safer, or happier? And as we start coming back to the office, what’s the maximum number of people we can relate to on a human level?

Episode 5

US Federal employees look set for permanent hybrid work

June 16th, 2021

The US government looks set to make hybrid working permanent for many federal employees and contractors. But research shows that if the hybrid model is going to be a success, it needs to be organized in a “human-centric” way to protect both the well-being and productivity of workers.

Episode 5 Hybrid Work

Episode 6

What happened to entry-level jobs and middle managers?

June 23rd, 2021

The number of entry-level positions has been declining rapidly over the last decade, a trend that has accelerated in the last 12 months. The demand for tech skills has never been higher, something higher education will have to factor in. At the same time, technology is changing the game for middle managers, who will get squeezed out if they can’t reinvent themselves for the New Normal.

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Episode 7

Salesforce wants its employees out on the ranch

June 30th, 2021

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff wants to buy a ranch as a new location for meetings and team building, and apparently he’s taken his inspiration from Disney. As office workers shudder at the idea of returning to their desks in city offices, the allure of the great outdoors is a tantalising bet.

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Episode 8

Welcome to the YOLO Economy

July 7th, 2021

More and More workers are going YOLO – the philosophy that You Only Live Once – and ditching their jobs for new adventures. But is Freelancing the best way to achieve dreams of independence? More than a third of the 26 million jobs in ‘non-tech industries’ in the U.S. could be done by remote freelancers.

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Episode 9

What the stock market reveals about the future of work

July 21st, 2021

The stock market may be the best indicator of the future of work, as investors bet for (and against) tech companies that are trying to make remote work as easy as possible. Research shows that there’s a lot at stake for CEOs, who need employees to be present to justify their positions, and managers, who are in growing competition with robots.

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Episode 10

Home workers head back to the office for free air conditioning

July 28th, 2021

Workers have been heading back to the office, but is it just for the air conditioning? Many others are running for the hills, looking for new jobs because their companies failed to invest in the right technology to facilitate hybrid work. Indeed, in April, way before the heatwave, a record 4 million workers in the US decided to quit their jobs.

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Episode 11

Horizons broaden for digital nomads

August 11th, 2021

Digital nomadism is increasingly popular, with workers, some earning very nicely, taking to the open road, or the high seas, in camper vans, sailing yachts, or simply cruising from city to city to get a taste of a different culture while making sure the pay cheques continue to get paid.

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Episode 12

Working holidays – “workcations” – are not recommended

August 18th, 2021

What is a “workcation”? And why is it a terrible idea? A workcation is a holiday where you take your work with you, and apparently, it’s less rare than you’d imagine. Research shows, unsurprisingly, that real vacations, where the stresses of the office are left well behind you, are food for the soul and essential for wellbeing.

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Episode 13

Leadership and imagination needed to fight Burnout and “Boreout” at work

September 1st, 2021

What is ”boreout” and is it as dangerous as the infamous ”burnout”? Employees’ mental and digital wellbeing is more important than ever but overworking isn’t the only issue. Lack of stimulation is leading to disengaged, bored employees.

Episode 14

Why remote work is the new signing bonus

September 8th, 2021

Remote work options are becoming more important to employees than a raise. Why have flexible working options become more of a draw to potential candidates and current employees?

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Episode 1

Odile Roujol

June 1st, 2021

Odile Roujol, formerly CEO of Lancôme and Chief Strategy & Data Officer at Orange, is the founder of FaB, the Fashion & BeautyTech community of 7,000 founders and funders with 15 chapters in the US, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. She’s the founding partner of FAB Co-Creation Studio (Ventures), which focuses on the early stage Direct-to-Consumer beauty industry. Odile discusses the importance of communities for D2C beauty brands, how the last 12 months have impacted D2C business models, and what this means for diversity and inclusivity in the beauty industry.

Episode 2

Lukas Neckerman

June 15th, 2021

Lukas Neckermann is a mobility expert who’s written a number of books, including “The Mobility Revolution”. He’s now Chief Operating Officer at Splyt.com, the world’s leading mobility network. In this episode of Powell Software’s Welcome to the New Normal, Lukas discusses the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on cities and explores why some cities have fared better than others. He also explores the impact of teleworking, and how it has unveiled new mobility challenges, and mobility solutions that will change the way we interact with the urban environment.

Episode 3

Marc Diouane

June 29th, 2021

Living up to responsibilities to employees in a changing world is a matter of survival
There has been a clear shift in the last 12 months in the adoption of new technologies that help companies fulfill the expectations of their employees in a rapidly changing world, Checkr Chief Business Officer Marc Diouane outlines in this latest episode of Powell Software’s Welcome to the New Normal. Finding the right technology to make the future success for their employees, with a strong focus on diversity and inclusion, will be a matter of survival as the world forges a new future of work.

Episode 4

Rita Gunther McGrath

July 13th, 2021

Rita Gunther McGrath, innovation and growth expert. In this episode of Welcome to the New Normal, Rita McGrath, a globally recognized expert on strategy and transformative innovation, and author of the best-selling “Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen”, explains how the inflection point of the Covid 19 experience has accelerated the migration of value towards the data from human interactions.

Episode 5

Hélène Deckx van Ruys

August 4th, 2021

Hélène Deckx van Ruys, co-leader of the Women in AI thinktank, explains why there is a huge under-representation of women in tech, and its negative consequences for society and efforts to improve diversity and inclusion for everyone. There needs to be a massive effort, she explains, to get girls more involved in science, technology, engineering and maths education. Our future depends on it!

Episode 6

Scott Findlater

August 25th, 2021

Scott Findlater, Chief Information Officer at Anord Mardix, the global leader in critical power distribution and protection, speaks about managing the move to remote work in an industry where ”work from home” is a new & challenging concept – manufacturing! What’s the secret to making remote work? Putting ”employees at the center of our core decisions” according to Scott.

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