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From contributors to TheConversation.com, illuminating essays on how and why working in the twenty-first century is rapidly changing.

Work has evolved tremendously over the last 50 years and even more so since the COVID-19 pandemic. In The Conversation on Work, editor Ian O. Williamson assembles essential essays from The Conversation to explore paradigmatic shifts in how people work—and what these changes mean for the future of labor. Covering diverse and urgent topics such as burnout and mental health, remote and hybrid working environments, unions, and job inequities among marginalized groups...

From contributors to TheConversation.com, illuminating essays on how and why working in the twenty-first century is rapidly changing.

Work has evolved tremendously over the last 50 years and even more so since the COVID-19 pandemic. In The Conversation on Work, editor Ian O. Williamson assembles essential essays from The Conversation to explore paradigmatic shifts in how people work—and what these changes mean for the future of labor. Covering diverse and urgent topics such as burnout and mental health, remote and hybrid working environments, unions, and job inequities among marginalized groups, the authors critically examine the future of the changing workplace. Essays on how artificial intelligence will affect workers and companies, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on workplaces, and other critical labor trends round out the collection.

The Critical Conversations series collects essays from top scholars on timely topics, including water, biotechnology, gender diversity, and guns, originally published on the independent news site The Conversation.

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The Conversation on Work is a practical and useful way to tackle a key, evolving issue. A great resource for executives and other managers, for workers seeking to change jobs, and for students seeking jobs or who are otherwise interested in labor trends.

The Conversation on Work offers insights into a major unfolding paradigm shift regarding what work is becoming in and across global society. This volume incorporates the voices of experts who advance knowledge and inquiry about the crucial factors that pertain to work as it continues to rapidly change. Timely, thoughtful, and effective.

A thought-provoking anthology authored by leading academic minds yet presented in an engaging and accessible style, The Conversation on Work provides fresh insights and paradigm-shifting revelations about the intricacies of the modern workplace. Prepare to expand your understanding and question conventional wisdom on the dynamics of work.

Changing demographics, an evolving economy, and the remnants of a once-in-a-century pandemic have forever changed the makeup and psyche of America's workforce. The Conversation on Work provides a well-organized set of perspectives on the forces that are driving changes in work and offers practical advice on how employers and employees can adapt and thrive in the coming years.

The Conversation on Work adeptly navigates the complexities of the modern workforce, from technological advancements and shifting expectations to neglected topics such as labor unions, workplace activism, and income inequality. It prompted me to reevaluate my perceptions and role as a researcher and a worker. Wholeheartedly recommended to anyone interested in a thoughtful discussion on the future of work.

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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword
Preface
Part I. How Work Has Changed
1. America Is in the Middle of a Labor Mobilization Moment
2. The Great Resignation Is a Trend That Began before the Pandemic—and Bosses Need

Series Editor's Foreword
Preface
Part I. How Work Has Changed
1. America Is in the Middle of a Labor Mobilization Moment
2. The Great Resignation Is a Trend That Began before the Pandemic—and Bosses Need to Get Used to It
3. Americans Are Taking More Control over Their Work Lives—Because They Have To
4. American Workers Feel Alienated, Helpless, and Overwhelmed—Here's One Way to Alleviate Their Malaise
5. Quiet Quitting and the Great Resignation Have a Common Cause—Dissatisfied Workers Feel They Can't Speak Up in the Workplace
6. What Inspired Digital Nomads to Flee America's Big Cities May Spur Legions of Remote Workers to Do the Same
7. What's a "Gig" Job? How It's Legally Defined Affects Workers' Rights and Protections
8. Forget the American Dream—Millions of Working Americans Still Can't Afford Food and Rent
Part II. The Workforce of the Future
9. Diversity of US Workplaces Is Growing in Terms of Race, Ethnicity, and Age—Forcing More Employers to Be Flexible
10. How to Build Relationships in a World of Remote Work—What Leaders and Employees Should Do
11. Inclusion Starts with Better Management—Here's What Employees Say about Making Diversity Work
12. The Pandemic's Impacts on How People Live and Work May Change City Centers for Decades to Come
13. What Employees Risk When They Use the Workplace for Activism
14. 5 Strategies Employers Can Use to Address Workplace Mental Health Issues
15. Green Jobs Are Booming, but Too Few Employees Have Sustainability Skills to Fill Them—Here Are 4 Ways to Close the Gap
Part III. The Future Workplace
16. How the Needs of Monks and Empire Builders Helped Mold the Modern-Day Office
17. The Future of Work Is Hybrid—Here Are an Expert's Recommendations
18. 5 Drawbacks to Following Your Passion
19. What Makes a Job Meaningful and Why That Matters
20. 5 Ways to Deal with Burnout at Work
21. A Journey from Work to Home Is about More Than Just Getting There—the Psychological Benefits of Commuting
22. Want to Take an Online Course? Here Are 4 Tips to Make Sure You Get the Most out of It for Your Career
23. Four-Day Workweek Trial Confirms Working Less Increases Well-Being and Productivity
24. Working in Isolation Can Pose Mental Health Challenges—Here's How Gig Workers Have Adapted
Part IV. Technology and Work
25. AI and the Future of Work: 5 Experts on What ChatGPT, DALL-E, and Other AI Tools Mean for Artists and Knowledge Workers
26. How Will AI Affect Workers? Tech Waves of the Past Show How Unpredictable the Path Can Be
27. What's the Secret to Making Sure AI Doesn't Steal Your Job? Work with It, Not against It
28. Working in the Metaverse: What Virtual Office Life Could Look Like
29. AI Is Changing How Americans Find Jobs, Get Promoted, and Succeed at Work
30. Worker-Protection Laws Aren't Ready for an Automated Future
31. Robots Are Coming for the Lawyers Which May Be Bad for Tomorrow's Attorneys but Great for Anyone in Need of Cheap Legal Assistance
32. What the Industrial Revolution Really Tells Us about the Future of Automation and Work
33. What Amazon's Decision to Retrain a Third of Its Employees Means for the Future of Work
34. How to Prevent the "Robot Apocalypse" from Ending Labor as We Know It
35. Companies Are Increasingly Turning to Social Media to Screen Potential Employees
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