Mind Over Machines: New technology and employment relations
By: Patrick Briône (IPA)
Published in June 2017
Prepared for Acas by: The Involvement and Participation Association Somerset House Strand London WC2R 1LA Copyright © 2017 Acas
IPA have produced for Acas a new research paper looking into the impact that new technology can has on employment relations in the workplace.
With a wave of new automation and the technologies of the 4th industrial revolution poised to transform the workplace, this paper takes a look at the various ways in which technology and employment relations can interact.
This report looks at the impact that technology can have on work intensity, worker autonomy and intrusion, the affect it has on communication and the value of human relationships at work, and impacts on work-life balance and employee wellbeing, including both physical and mental health.
The research also examines the important role that employee voice and engagement plays in supporting programmes of technological change, and why it is vital that employers consult and involve their workforces when planning the introduction of new technology.
This paper also includes three case studies; Whittington NHS District Nursing, Siemens Congleton and Jaguar Land Rover. In addition the research includes extracts from numerous interviews with academic, trade union and practitioner perspectives on technology and the future of work.