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With the computer revolution, the workplace has seen a rapid introduction of digital technologies for gig work, remote work, surveillance, and algorithmic management of workers.
Some of the consequences of this transition have become clear. For instance, digital technology has facilitated a split in the labour market, with jobs increasingly ‘lousy or lovely’. But contrary to employment status and precariousness, what is less obvious are the effects of digital tech on the nature of work itselfacross the labour market.
It has already been shown that ubiquitous surveillance causes stress and anxietyamong workers and decreases trust in the workplace. There are also emerging signs that the use of algorithmic decision-making systems is accompanied byprofound shifts in workplace management, the exercise of power, and workers’ rights. This is especially visible in the platform economy but is spread widely across the economy, including in more ‘traditional’ sectors.
Challenges of algorithmic management
This public event will bring together researchers, policymakers, trade unionists and other stakeholders from the Nordic countries to discuss:
The challenges that algorithmic management poses for safeguarding workers’ rights
The potential threat the developments of digital technologies pose to the Nordic model
The extent to which the tech revolution is being felt by the work force in Sweden
The political implications of those developments at both the Swedish and European levels
FEPS, Tankesmedjan Tiden, Kalevi Sorsa Saatio, Tankesmien Agenda, CEVEA, Arbejderbevægelsens Erhvervsråd (ECLM), Friedrich-Ebert-StiftungNordics and Cooperation Committee of the Nordic Labour Movement (SAMAK), with the support of Nordics trade Unions, came together for a Digital Research Programme to discuss the research questions, methods and approaches of the different research strands:
Algorithmic management and governance (prevalence & consequences)
Workers’ experience at the workplace – surveys and focus groups
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