How New Work relates to Employability 4.0 and exhaustion

With a graphic review of the Transform 2021 conference, BFH lecturer Mägi Brändle summarises the contributions from AI to Positive Leadership. Under the title “Digital Goes Human – Brave New Work?”, experts and researchers discussed on 3 November whether the digitalised world of work is a utopia or rather a dystopia. The central question: Where does the human being remain in a digitalised world of work?

In the first presentation, Dr. Nada Endrissat highlighted the areas of tension in the technologised world of work – between exhaustion and productivity. Among other things, she showed that higher productivity in the home office is usually achieved through more screen time.

In the second contribution, Prof. Dr. Caroline Straub from BFH Wirtschaft and Daniel Hügli, Central Secretary Sector ICT syndicom and Viktor Calabro, Founder and Executive Chairman of Coople Switzerland discussed platform-based work in Switzerland.

Sandra Steiner, Head of Staff and Member of the Executive Board at Bedag, reported on the company’s internal New Work project.

The contribution by BFH Professor Dr Alexander Hunziker dealt with positive leadership. He advocated looking less for mistakes and more for seeing and appreciating the positive.

Algorithms only work according to the guidelines, according to the order that people give them, said Lisa Herzog, professor of philosophy at the University of Groningen, in her keynote speech. These processes of order reach their limits when the unforeseen occurs, which is when humans are needed.

How artificial intelligence (AI) can be used in the recruitment process was the subject of a report by BFH researcher Andreas Sondereggermith his research project on the use of artificial intelligence in the recruitment process Dr Philipp Karl Seegers, founder of the HR tech company candidate select GmbH (CASE).

In the next input, Nadine Wattinger, Project Manager, and Carmen Koch, Head of New Working World, from the State Chancellery of the Canton of Zurich, will report on how they are driving organisational change in the cantonal administration.

How the megatrends of globalisation and digitalisation are strengthening the demand for lifelong learning and what this means for companies was explained by Jochen Schellinger, Head of Studies at the Institute New Work at BFH Wirtschaft, and Bruno Wymann, Head of Continuing Education Switzerland and Training Solothurn at Robert Bosch AG.


About the illustrator

Mägi Brändle is a primary school teacher and translator and was a lecturer in language and communication at BFH for more than ten years. She has set up her own business and offers graphic recordings and workshops as well as courses in visualisation.


Thanks to the Partners of Transform 2021

AUTOR/AUTORIN: Anne-Careen Stoltze

Anne-Careen Stoltze is Editor in Chief of the science magazine SocietyByte. She works in communications at BFH Business School, she is a journalist and geologist.

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