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When technology replaces human workers, it has an interesting psychological effect... For while people generally prefer to see jobs go to people rather than to robots, when it comes to their own jobs, they say they'd prefer to be replaced by a robot! New research from Rotterdam School of Management, reveals that people experience more negative feelings when they're replaced by another person than when they're replaced by a robot. However, while comparing one's abilities to a robot may be less of a concern to people's self-worth in the short run, robotic replacement is perceived as more threatening to people's economic situations in the long run.
"This is the first paper to explore the psychological correlates of technological unemployment," says Stefano Puntoni, the university's professor of marketing. "As more occupations are affected by automation, this is an increasingly important topic. People realise that the differences in abilities between robots and themselves might not be short-lived; but permanent - indicating skills obsolescence. We hope that, particularly in times when policymakers are discussing strategies to support workers displaced by technology, our work encourages more research on the psychological consequences of technological unemployment before technological progress disrupts specific jobs and occupations."
The researchers say their findings can help develop programmes to cope with any negative consequences of intelligent machines replacing workers. These can help to reemploy jobseekers and reduce any mental and physical health issues that result from replacement. They say workers who attribute their job loss to automation would benefit from resources dedicated to upgrading skills and retraining.
Singaporean manufacturer Lionsbot is marketing its humanised robots by showing someone who appears to be an ex-cleaner controlling a robotic 'cleaning team' via a mobile app and looking very happy to do so! The company has created its robots to be engaging; injecting them with personalities via their emotional responses, such as through their expressive eyes and voices. "Our robots embody Singaporean traits... friendliness, diligence and efficiency which are reflected via the interactive features and high productivity," it says. Will this make it even easier for people to accept these new cleaning teams as worthy replacements I wonder?
As technological progress is expected to affect millions of workers in a wide variety of occupations in the coming decades, it's important for the stability of society that we understand potential threats to the psychological wellbeing of affected workers, and how this transition will affect their long-term economic prospects. This new research could not have come at a better time...
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Following China's ban on solid waste, including plastics, hardware, ships, scraps of stainless steel, titanium and wood, countries are considering localised circular economy for domestic waste recycling needs, reports Frost & Sullivan, which says that the plastic recycling market is especially likely to experience high growth due to investments in new technologies, driving the $37.60 billion market towards $39.89 billion in 2019.
Overall revenues in the global waste recycling market are expected to increase from $354.7 billion in 2018 to $376.9 billion in 2019, and the volumes generated are set to grow from 29,493.7 million tonnes to 30,190.0 million tonnes during the same period.
In a major win for social enterprise The Soap Co., The G1 Group in Scotland is to use its luxury, cruelty-free bath and beauty products across its full hotel portfolio in Scotland, including at the iconic The Scotsman Hotel in Edinburgh.
The G1 Group is Scotland's largest and most diverse hospitality group. Lesley Welsh, chief operating officer, explains why The G1 Group has switched soap for social good:
* Vice president/president elect: Steve Lewis, Golden Star
Proximity Systems has released the results from recent NSF International testing that demonstrates the efficacy of the company's UV light disinfection unit, UV-Clean. Emitting low-intensity ultraviolet C light, UV-Clean eliminates 99.99% of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridioides difficile (C. diff) endospores from keyboards.
"NSF International is a leading provider of public health & safety-based risk management solutions," says Proximity Systems' vice president of business development & senior care, Steve Reinecke.
Washrooms leave a lasting impression, reveals a new survey and report on the UK public's attitudes towards washrooms in hospitality establishments. Formica Group commissioned the report to better understand what makes a bathroom good or bad, asking 2,000 respondents for their most common toilet bugbears and their best and worst experiences. The report also includes top tips for designing the perfect washroom.
Overall, the British public is underwhelmed with toilets in places serving food and drink, with only 5% considered 'spotless'. Trains top the list of washrooms people are reluctant to use, followed by nightclubs and motorway services.
Tickets are selling fast for the Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals' National Training & Development Forum - the UK's leading healthcare cleaning conference, and the ultimate meeting place for anyone who works within the healthcare cleaning environment, who wants to keep up to date with the latest practices, network with fellow professionals, find out about new technologies and innovations, meet new suppliers and hear from an inspiring array of top level speakers.
The finalists for this year's British Institute of Cleaning Science Annual Awards have been announced. The judges say that applications were of an extremely high standard and to have made it to the finalist stage is an achievement in itself. The competition was very strong across all categories, so hearty congratulations to all those who have made it onto the shortlist.
The finalists are...
The North American edition of the Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit took place in New York in July. Senior executives discussed pressing sustainability issues facing the detergents & homecare industry. Some of the key points made were...
* Need for positive vision. In his opening keynote, Professor Steve Cohen from Columbia University called for a positive vision for sustainability. "Sustainability is not about a denial...trying to make people feel guilty for theirconsumption is a losing strategy," he argued. "The way forward is a sustainable lifestyle whereby we (consumers) pay more attention to the environmental impact of our products and services.
The World Federation of Building Service Contractors (WFBCS) is hosting the premier event for executives of the world's leading facility services contracting firms in conjunction with the CMS Trade Show in Berlin on 27th September, 2019.
This powerful one-day summit will provide insights, training and networking, in addition to access to hundreds of CMS trade show exhibitors showcasing the latest technology.
Bad odours and the possibility of an easy way in for vermin such as rats and mice are familiar drain problems faced by facilities managers and caretakers in commercial environments such as kitchens, care homes, hospitals, hotels, laundry rooms, spas and more. There's now an easy fix though!
To help people at this year' British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park, to recycle previously unrecyclable plastic, sponsor Barclays partnered with innovative UK business Recycling Technologies, whose system helps revellers recycle troublesome plastics such as bags, crisp packets and bottle caps.
Special recycling bins were installed to support the festival's already strong recycling efforts, with staff helping to direct festival-goers to the 25 recycling points.
Calderdale & Huddersfield Solutions (CHS), part of Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, has recently recertified to the Cleaning Industry Management Standard with honours designation. The recertification is valid for the next two years. The initial certification was achieved in 2017.
CIMS, developed by ISSA, is a comprehensive management and operations standard for cleaning organisations worldwide, and a game-changer for facilities managers and cleaning business owners working in a competitive marketplace.
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Along with fellow Cabinet members, Cllr Damian White, Leader, Havering Council, joined the Council's enforcement team as stencils were sprayed around the borough to raise awareness of the laws. An information video has also been produced.
The stencils are being be put in areas where there have been complaints about dog mess, but also elsewhere, to act as a deterrent. They will remind people that if they don't clean up after their dogs, they could face a fine of up to £1,000.
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