Session four: evaluation

Please don't look ahead if you haven't done the session yet in the classroom, as that'll ruin the fun!

STEP 1

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These were three predictions for the future of work. Have a go at the GUESS WHO game and try to guess which of the predictions each set of clues is describing.

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STEP 2

  • Do you think the pandemic will slow down this ongoing change or speed it up? Why?

STEP 3

Evidence time! For each of the pieces below, decide which of the following predictions it is to do with:

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CHALLENGE: is this piece of evidence a challenge or an opportunity?

Evidence:

  • Since social distancing rules were put in place, there has been a 36% drop in demand for jobs such as house-sitting, babysitting and cleaning.
  • Fewer people are going to work in their offices. The number of people using trains has reduced by nearly two thirds.
  • Out of the jobs that risk being replaced by machines, 70% of them are currently done by women. Workers that are lower-skilled and lower-paid, and jobs in customer service are more likely to be replaced.
  • Lockdown has increased the demand for delivery services. For example, Deliveroo deliveries were up 57% in March 2020, compared to 2019.
  • 25% of people said they were doing their job better at home. They have been happier and it has improved their mental health.
  • By 2022, robots are predicted to boost productivity in the workplace and create 58 million more jobs than they replace.

Which problem or opportunity do you think will affect the most people? Why?


STEP 4

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CHALLENGE: how could businesses that you chose to shut down adapt to be more successful?


STEP 5

Look at the word cloud below. Pick out everyone who will face opportunities as a result of automation then pick out everyone who will face problems due to automation.

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Then pick out everyone who will face opportunities as a result of the gig economy then pick out everyone who will face problems due to the gig economy.

Finally, pick out everyone who will face opportunities as a result of automation then pick out everyone who will face problems due to automation.

  • Might some industries face more problems / opportunities than others in the future? For example, retail or manufacturing?
  • Might some groups of people face more problems / opportunities than others? For example, women, rich people, poor people, people with certain skills. How could people overcome these problems?

Over to you!

Head to the comments section below to share some of your thoughts on the activities and see what club members in other schools think.

Comments (44)

  • Cheam Park logo rhetorical_orange | Cheam Park Farm Primary
    23 Nov 2020

    I think this year the way how people has changed a lot, as most people are working from home.I fell there is a good side and a bad side to working at home. The good side is that you can get some over jobs done in the house like doing the washing the bad side is that some people might not concentrate as well as they would at the office.Now i think that the government will make more people work from home after covid because they know that we all can work from home.

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg decisive_redcurrant | Michael Faraday School
    24 Nov 2020

    Hi there everyone, i'm decisive_redcurrant and this is my comment hope you enjoy it!!

    I think in the future we should try an use AUTOMATION.
    Automation can be very useful and not useful at the same time because here are my opinions!!

    PROS
    Automation can be very useful and good because firstly your keeping safe from the virus because your using machines and therefore your not getting in that much contact with the virus.
    Also in terms of efficiency, they are very good at working fast and making good quality things. In terms of precision they sell good quality products and they make it the best that they possibly can.

    CONS
    Automation can also be bad because the machines can go crazy or example the machines can have a malfunction in them or that the machine isn't properly plunged in or maybe it not well secure. They can also scare some humans such as babies or even adult or even children!!

    CONCLUSION
    To sumarise what I've said I think that Automation will do a good job in the wolrd.

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  • Ditton Logo polite_snail | Ditton Primary School C
    25 Nov 2020

    This year has changed a lot due to coronavirus

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  • Ditton Logo pioneering_banana | Ditton Primary School C
    25 Nov 2020

    Step 4:

    EXPAND THEIR BUSINESS the two I would pick to expand is the Supermarket and Offices because if shops expand that means more food and life supplies to 'survive' the pandemic and for offices to expand that means more co-workers in case of bills etc: .

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg consistent_starfruit | Michael Faraday School
    25 Nov 2020

    Please do not except the one above because I accidently clicked add comment when I did not finish!

    Personally we should evaluate every job because no matter how small or how much you get paid it is still playing a decisive role in our society. Although I am saying this some jobs do deserve a pay rise because of the hard work they have done is far more greater than how much they are getting paid. Another point being is that some people don't evaluate a job because of the job itself and will find out why it is so important until it is gone. We should also keep in mind not anybody does these jobs it is us humans that are putting all our effort into these jobs and if a job is lost that means that the person can't earn money to feed his and his family's mouths. An example that would fit this context would be teachers. Although they are teaching for six hours each five days they are getting paid an average of 20000 pounds a year which is not equivalent to the back breaking hours they serve. Many people are trying to change this but despite their efforts they still are not getting what they rightly deserve. This has been shown in the pandemic.
    Do you agree with me?

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    1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
      consistent_starfruit's comment 25 Nov 2020

      Could you share your source for the number you used about teachers' pay, consistent_starfruit?

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      1. Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg consistent_starfruit | Michael Faraday School
        Katie @ Topical Talk's comment 25 Nov 2020

        In answer to that question my teacher told me that teachers like herself get average twenty thousand or maybe less but to confirm it I checked.
        https://www.prospects.ac.uk/.../how-much-do-teachers-get-paid

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg decisive_redcurrant | Michael Faraday School
    25 Nov 2020

    Hi there, I'm decisive_redcurrant and this is my comment. Hope you enjoy it and agree with me. In order for me to answer step 3 I think I might just know the answer

    1. Since social distancing rules were put in place, there has been a 36% drop in demand for jobs such as house-sitting, babysitting and cleaning.
    I thought to myself and said this might be Remote working but then I realized that it was Gig Economy. Here is why I think that it is Gig Economy.
    I think that this is Gig Economy well is because people like babysitters, house-sitting and cleaning are all types of contract firm workers and they can also be classified as a online platform worker or a Gig worker.
    I knew that this was a gig economy because some particular jobs has had a massive drop such as maybe cafe places because maybe there haven't had enough costumers to purchase there items of they are losing a lot of money due to the virus!!! Hope you agree with me

    2. By 2022, robots are predicted to boost productivity in the workplace and create 58 million more jobs than they replace.
    Well I knew even when I read it that this would be Automation and I agree with this because of the virus it been way harder for other to work because maybe that in there job it requires a lot of touching or that there job has a lot of teamwork which requires coming close to other which is very bad but, if we have robots, it way better because then we are keeping safe from the virus because we won't touch as much things as we usually do. Also another point I won't to make is that in terms of efficiency, they could be very good at working fast such as making cups in less then 10 min maybe and maybe making good quality things. also In terms of precision, they could be able to sell good quality products and they could try and make it the best that they possibly can they might also be able to make sure that all products there making are carefully done well and have no mistakes on them!!

    I hope you agree with me!!! Thank you for you time sent reading this :))
    DECISIVE_REDCURRANT

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ Topical Talk
      decisive_redcurrant's comment 26 Nov 2020

      I can see the start to some excellent problem-solving here...but can you explain whether these things are problems or opportunities?

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      1. Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg decisive_redcurrant | Michael Faraday School
        Olivia @ Topical Talk's comment 26 Nov 2020

        Hi there, Oh I forgot about that sorry Olivia well here are my opinions!!

        1. Since social distancing rules were put in place, there has been a 36% drop in demand for jobs such as house-sitting, babysitting and cleaning.
        Well I found it that this was problem. "Why???" there is why I think that
        Firstly, Lots of people jobs have had to close down due to the pandemic because of the restriction rule and because of safety reasons and this has caused a huge risk to the world. And people such as Babysitters, cleaners and House-sitting and more important jobs should be able to have there money and there jobs done fairly. But at the moment the way it stands know it look like it will be hard for that to happen and this is why I think this question is a problem.

        2. By 2022, robots are predicted to boost productivity in the workplace and create 58 million more jobs than they replace.
        I knew that this was an opportunity because know in 2020 we haven't got that meany robots working for us and becoming just like a human but they are predicting that in 2022 that there willl be robots helping us.
        I hope you understand me
        decisive_redcurrant

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg chatty_power | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    26 Nov 2020

    remote working, gig economy and automation

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg logical_cheetah | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    26 Nov 2020

    I think jobs should not be automated because some people have them jobs and then people will not get paid then will become homeless but on the other hand, robots might do better at that job than humans and some people could make and program the robots

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg careful_seal | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    26 Nov 2020

    remote working ,gig economy and automation🎉✔

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg alert_peach | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    26 Nov 2020

    I think that when more people wanted stay at home to work even when the virus is cured is not good because there going to lose a lot of money if they don't work properly and how will we get enough food as say if you are a cashier how will we pay for are food if they are on zoom but then they could do self check out but the company of the shop would have to close down if there workers don't go to work so I think they should go back if the virus is cured.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ Topical Talk
      open_trumpet's comment 26 Nov 2020

      can you say why?

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg smart_cranberry | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    26 Nov 2020

    Due to Coronavirus this year has been very hard because lot's of shop and hair dressers and things like that have been closed down and might even shut down and be replaced with another shop like a toy shop or something. I'm going back to last weeks lesson the cafe owner had to shut down and she will lose a lot of money.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg logical_cheetah | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    26 Nov 2020

    robots can probably make cloths boxes and more and humans can teach and build so I dont know wich is better

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg crafty_panther | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    26 Nov 2020

    Robots are more likely to replace people's jobs, there are advantages and disadvantages here are the advantages and disadvantages I can think of now.
    1.Robots can't get corona virus.
    2.They can be programmed to do lower-skilled jobs, drones can help delivering food that people order online.
    Disadvantages are:
    1.They will eventually malfunction.
    2.They don't have hearts, so if they malfunction they will eventually turn on their owner and the robots will start their own restaurant and they might call it RO GO.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg busy_snow | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    26 Nov 2020

    If they closed shops then there would be no food. Also, it wouldn't be very responsible of the government. Its very unlikely for that to happen as its one of the governments priorities.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg witty_dog | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    26 Nov 2020

    I hope you like my review,

    I think that coronavirus will effect peoples jobs because its an awful disease that spreads around the world. I think that remote working will help stop the coronavirus from spreading i think this because if your working from home you won't spread it if you have it. Automation is great for some jobs but not all jobs because if you think about it some times robots can malfunction and stop working that's why i think its a bad idea to make robots do all of the jobs that people do.

    Thank you for reading my comment.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg sensible_horse | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    26 Nov 2020

    I hope that you except my review

    remote working is very complicated when you are isolating, but for some people like café owners you can't do
    the same for example; they have to serve the tea/coffee from their café they could not give out the hot drinks from a
    computer or a laptop and that means that the problem is that people like café owners and shop owners are
    at much more risk. But the opportunity is that lots more people would rather have a nice hot cup of coffee then from
    having one at home.
    I believe that the future of work will become greater during the pandemic.

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg terrific_raccoon | Boutcher C of E Primary School A
    27 Nov 2020

    thank you, this helps me when we do these. And now were DOING IT TODAYYYY YAYAYAYA!!!

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg aware_rabbit | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    27 Nov 2020

    To the BNC,

    For the BNC members,

    If you do not know what Gig econonmy, autimation and remote working check out my post

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    1. Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg terrific_raccoon | Boutcher C of E Primary School A
      aware_rabbit's comment 27 Nov 2020

      oooh i think they'll be ready to see it!!!

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg alert_peach | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    28 Nov 2020

    I think that having robots and not that much workers for when covid has been cured isn't going to help that much here's some reasons why.
    1) Because like in shops like Tesco's they have the self check outs where you swipe the item to pay for it if there's none of the workers there will be more of the self checkouts sometimes when you put the item in your bag it doesn't know sometimes when you have done it or not. And if it was a person they would know when you have done it or not and you can talk to them but you cant talk to a self checkout because its programmed to say the same thing.

    2)How will we get enough food as if they sent a robot to deliver to you it could male function whilst its giving you the food then it will just end up on the floor, but if it was a person it cant male function so your food wont end up on the floor more like a robot doing it.

    3)We wont have enough food to have as when like shops run out of food they go to there where house to get the food they need, and if it was a robot it might get lost whilst its on the why so they wont get the food they need.

    4) If the staff weren't working how will they afford to pay for there bills to survive they wont have a house no food and water to live on.
    these are my reasons why😁

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  • Ditton Logo lovable_petal | Ditton Primary School C
    02 Dec 2020

    Hi guys this is a really good session thank you 🤗

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  • Ditton Logo nice_cloud | Ditton Primary School
    04 Dec 2020

    the world has changed from the the coronavirus if people don't work then they wont get paid

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  • Ditton Logo creative_flute | Ditton Primary School
    04 Dec 2020

    If the clothes shops closed I would be happy because hopefully there is going to be new, bigger and better shops but I would also be sad because the old shops would be gone.

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    1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
      creative_flute's comment 04 Dec 2020

      When shops close does this always meant they will be replaced with "new, bigger and better shops"?

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  • Ditton Logo helpful_heart | Ditton Primary School
    04 Dec 2020

    HI! I really love these comments there very positive ive read them all WELL DONE GUYS !!!!

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  • Ditton Logo active_badger | Ditton Primary School
    04 Dec 2020

    if clothes shop closed I would be happy because hopefully be new, bigger and better like Primark but I would be sad because they will be gone

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg involved_grapefruit | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    08 Dec 2020

    Hi, Im going to be going through this session as i really enjoyed it in class.
    Step 1
    I believe that the first 4 clues would be Remote Working. This is because, the first hint says 'I am an opportunity for people who have a family', i think this means that families can spend more time together at home when one of the adults is working from home. The second hint says 'I am a problem for people who don't have good technology', this could mean that if you are remotely working, if you don't have a good internet connection, it could stop you from doing your job (and lead to being fired or worse). Hint three and four say 'This is more possible for workers like lawyers, office workers and writers' and 'This is less possible for workers like hairdressers, doctors and builders' Now, i know that it must be Remote working, because if you are a hairdresser, you cant cut someone's hair remotely! Same for a builder, you can't build by computer!
    Step 2
    This is what my guesses would have been for this activity!
    1. The gig Economy
    'Covid-19 has led to a lot of people losing their jobs. This means more people are looking for jobs than there are jobs available. What percentage of Gig economy workers say that finding their own work became to difficult so the looked for a more stable job?'
    I think that 98% of workers would have done this. I believe that because, during the covid-19 pandemic, nobody really knows how stable their job is. Imagine having 4 jobs that weren't stable already!
    2. Remote working
    'Lockdown has proven that lots of people can work from home. Many workers have found this a positive change so experts think that many workplaces will stay flexible about this in the future. What percentage of workers say that they think it is important to be given the choice to stay working from home, even after the pandemic is over?'
    I think that the 84% of workers would want to stay working from home, this is because, working from has let families grow closer, have more concentration, and have a change of senary. I would be on the 84%, because doing work from home is better (in my opinion) than in a classroom/ workspace. I can see my family more and grow to be happier.
    3. Automation
    'Throughout the pandemic, many businesses had to temporarily close. Some used this as an opportunity to update things or plan for the future. What percentage of employers say the pandemic made them bring forward their plans to automate some jobs?'
    I think that the 40% would have bring forward their plans. This is because, on the news lately, I've seen cafes, shops, restaurants all around the world, upgrade their workplace when shutting down temporarily. I would also do this, because if my business was closing, i would use the time wisely and install technology to help our business grow.
    Step 3
    Two buisnesses that will have to expand- Supermarket and the Offices.
    Two businesses that will shut down- Homeware shop and the Mechanic
    Two new businesses to put in the empty spaces- A Pharmacy and Homeless shelter.

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    1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
      involved_grapefruit's comment 08 Dec 2020

      Your explanations show some excellent problem-solving and speaking skills at work here so I have awarded you with a star. We are very happy that you enjoyed this session too!

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      1. Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg involved_grapefruit | Birchwood C of E Primary School
        Katie @ Topical Talk's comment 08 Dec 2020

        Thankyou for awarding me a star! I like to share my opinion and explanations on topics like this. :)

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  • majestic_tsunami | Whyteleafe School D
    16 Dec 2020

    I think remote working is a good opportunity.
    PRO'S
    Very built up and polluted areas like London and Croydon would be less built up and polluted because less people would be driving to and from school and work.
    CON'S
    It might make it harder for some people to work because not everyone has a computer or good internet connection,so they rely on offices for the equipment

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