Algorithms by and for the workers

Digital Programme: Algorithms at the workplace

Policy Study

23/01/2024

Towards a fair, democratic, and humane digitalisation of the workplace

This policy study reflects on the complex interplay between technology and work, focusing on the impacts of algorithmic management (AM) techniques on workers’ rights, dignity, and well-being. Drawing on preliminary findings from an ongoing study of FEPS in collaboration with Nordic-based partners, the policy study highlights the complexities and contradictions of AM and the limitations of current policies and institutions in dealing with the fast-paced digital transformation. It emphasises the importance of worker agency and participation in the innovation process.

It proposes the need to create socio-institutional frameworks to direct a pro-labour digital transition and institutionalise co-determination as a viable solution for workers to engage actively with incessant technical changes. It concludes with a forward-looking perspective, advocating for research methodologies and problem-solving approaches that cater to the needs of diverse working contexts. The purpose is to contribute to informed policymaking that ensures a fair, democratic, and humane work environment in the digital age.


This policy study is part of the Digital Research Programme

FEPS, Tankesmedjan Tiden, Kalevi Sorsa Saatio, Tankesmien Agenda, CEVEA, Arbejderbevægelsens Erhvervsråd (ECLM), Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Nordics and Cooperation Committee of the Nordic Labour Movement (SAMAK), with the support of Nordic trade Unions, came together for a Digital Research Programme to discuss the research questions, methods and approaches of the different research strands:

  1. Algorithmic management and governance (prevalence & consequences)
  2. Workers’ experience at the workplace – surveys and focus groups
  3. Online platforms and employment terms
Network
Cevea
Economic Council of the Labour Movement (ECLM)
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
Kalevi Sorsa Foundation
Samak
Tankesmedja Tiden
Tankesmien Agenda
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