Pesticide bans might give us a buzz, but they won't necessarily save the bees
Feb 06, 2018
Public pressure is growing in Australia to ban the sale of pesticides called neonicotinoids because of their harmful effects on bees.
The benefits of job automation are not likely to be shared equally
Feb 05, 2018
While companies might reap significant gains in productivity from automating certain jobs, this won't necessarily lead to pay rises for everyone. The evidence suggests businesses might pass on the gains to some workers, but ...
Early career decisions could affect when you retire
Feb 02, 2018
Policies to extend working life should not exclusively focus on older people as the decision on when to retire is influenced by the course of a person's career, according to researchers investigating the factors affecting ...
Robots to the rescue: Saving lives with unmanned vehicles
Jan 25, 2018
Last week's sea rescue of Australian swimmers by an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is just the start of a robotics revolution.
Workers at Apple supplier complain of unsafe conditions
Jan 19, 2018
For the second time in three months, Apple is facing questions about working conditions at its Chinese suppliers.
Why many click farm jobs should be understood as digital slavery
Jan 17, 2018
The digital economy has created new opportunities and ways of working. But it has also created millions of tasks or jobs that involve intense competition, unregulated working conditions and extremely low rates of pay.
The cruel trade-off at your local produce aisle
Jan 17, 2018
When we decide what fresh produce to buy, we check our fruits and vegetables for colour and blemishes, and we make sure the price seems fair.
Gift wrap or tape in 1 hour: How Amazon aids procrastinators
Dec 24, 2017
With five days until Christmas, someone in New York urgently needed 10 rolls of wrapping paper. Another person needed a bag of potatoes and aluminum foil baking pans. And someone needed six rolls of Scotch tape, 100 blank ...
How mobile working ruins work-life balance – unless you've got a good manager
Dec 20, 2017
An increasing number of office workers can now work from any location for at least part of their working week. According to the Work Foundation, 30% of office workers could work from any location for at least part of their ...
China's one-child generation not so selfish after all
Dec 18, 2017
Every generation has a tendency to despair at the next one's perceived shortcomings, and Chinese society is no different in this regard. The "Little Emperor" generation - those born during China's strict one-child policy, ...