Social media and mobile technology have impacted the way we work. In this topic page we consider current thinking about technology in the workplace and the future of work, looking at social media and learning and development in a socially networked age.

The future of technology and learning

Technology is a key component of working life, and organisations are taking advantage of the benefits offered by digital tools to enhance their learning and development strategies. However, the rate of technological change is swift. Learning and development practitioners must choose the right technology for their learning strategies while avoiding the hype surrounding new digital tools. We hope that this report, its recommendations and accompanying framework provide some ‘food for thought’ on technology and digital learning.

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HR tech revolution: friend or foe?

The world of work is changing fast and technology is changing even faster. Research suggests that in the next 20 years at least 35% of the current jobs in the UK are at risk of computerisation or automation. As organisations communicate, collaborate and innovate is evolving, new skills and roles are gaining prominence. But are organisations and individuals prepared for this pace of change? And in this new technological landscape, can the future of work be human?

In this podcast we chat with Dr Nicola Millard, BT Global Services, David Woodward, SDWorx and CIPD’s own David D’Souza about the ways in which technology is affecting work and working lives. From flexible working and automation to analytic reporting and office environments, we explore how technology is changing the way organisations operate, the effect this is having on its employees and the challenges (and opportunities) that HR and L&D can face.

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Wearable technology

We’re becoming increasingly addicted to measuring our own performance; how fast we run, how many steps we take, how much and what kind of sleep we get. Needless to say, wearable technology has enormous potential for businesses too; understanding employee data can help guide investment in many business areas including engagement, culture and training and development. But how can businesses manage the opportunity which their employee data can bring with the ethical responsibility of how, when and why it’s used?

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Social media

The CIPD have published a range of resources that explore the potential benefits of using social media within organisations.

Podcasts

Social media: what's the point?

This podcast looks at the reasons social media has been slow to take off in the workplace, how organisations could begin to weave it into their work and the benefits and challenges this may present.

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Podcasts

Social media - no longer a risk to be managed?

How are organisations managing the social media revolution? We talk to Penguin Random House, Informa and Foviance about how they’re embracing social media and using it to encourage collaboration, knowledge-sharing and building community.

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