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20 July 2016
How do you measure company culture? How seriously should a CEO consider it and how can it be improved? This week we meet Didier Elzinga from Australian start-up Culture Amp, a company revolutionising the ‘people-analytics’ industry. Meanwhile, with the news that advertising agency Wieden + Kennedy has created an emotionally needy robot that roams the company’s Portland office, we profile this experiment in how artificial intelligence affects the workplace. Plus: is the grass always greener for the sun-starved cubicle dweller? We send our sound engineer to a goat farm to find out.
20 July 2016
In the not-so-distant future it’s assumed that artificial intelligence will help us with labour and emotional wellbeing but advertising agency Wieden + Kennedy in Portland, Oregon has created a robot that needs help – a lot of it. Melanie Sevcenko explores this experiment in how humans and AI interact in the workplace.
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How do you measure employee sentiment? CEOs and HR managers are eager to learn what their employees think and feel in order to correlate office emotions with productivity. Didier Elzinga from fast-growing Australian start-up Culture Amp explains how his company meets this need.
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Is the grass always greener for the sun-starved cubicle dweller? Monocle 24 sound engineer Clair Urbahn has been day dreaming about a life beyond our well-appointed but somewhat dark radio studio. We sent her to Wobbly Bottom Farm to see if working life really is better in the fresh air of the countryside.
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