Workshop: Practices towards algorithmic management and their impact on workers

Two-day technical workshop on “Practices towards algorithmic management and their impact on workers” is being organized on 15-16 June under the research component of the “Building partnerships on the future of work” project as part of a collaboration between the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (EC-JRC), European Commission Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion and the ILO – and with the participation of EU-OSHA and EUROFOUND.

    This technical workshop aims to discuss and gather evidence on how algorithmic management and other practices that are often associated with platform work are being increasingly adopted by traditional companies. The new digital outsourcing model and the introduction of new tools and modalities for work planning, monitoring and surveillance impacts on business models, work organization and working conditions, generating new challenges for policy-makers, notably in the areas of employment and industrial relations.

    Within this context, it is key to better understanding the extent of the diffusion of these practices in both global North and South, whether the experiences are similar or different across countries and sectors, and the role of governments and social partners in addressing some of the challenges due to the rapid technological transformations. The outcomes of this workshop, and the follow-up research will contribute to fill existing research gaps and inform future evidence-based policies in these domains.

    This initiative contributes to shaping the future world of work as part of the European Commission's ongoing strategy and in compliance with the ILO Centenary Declaration on the Future of Work, which takes into account the interest of EU citizens, societies and economies. It does so by promoting a global approach to the changing world of work, by protecting citizens and by finding workable and sustainable solutions to key challenges related to the changing nature of work.

    Tentative Agenda

    For the full programme, see Agenda on right-hand margin of this page.

    Day 1: June 15, 13:00 – 16:00 pm (CEST) Algorithmic management in digital labour platforms and beyond

    12:55 – 13:00 Connection and audio/video tests
    13:00 – 13:15 Welcome and opening remarks
    13:15 – 14:25 Session 1: Algorithmic management evolution and policy implications
    14:25 – 14:35 Break
    14:35 – 15:55 Session 2: Advancing knowledge on algorithmic management practices in the logistic and health sector: conceptual framework and approach to case studies
    15:55 – 16:00 Concluding remarks

    Day 2: June 16, 15:00 – 18:00 pm (CEST) New forms of management and algorithmic surveillance

    14:55 – 15:00 Connection and audio/video tests
    15:00 – 15:15 Welcome and recap
    15:15 – 16:15 Session 3: Digital monitoring and surveillance in digital labour platforms
    16:15 – 16:25 Break
    16:25 – 17:55 Session 4: Developments in digital forms of management and impact on workers
    17:55 – 18:00 Concluding remarks