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About Marianne Hewlett


Senior Vice President and member of the Scientific Community

Marianne Hewlett is a Senior Vice President at Atos and a seasoned marketeer and communications expert. Passionate about connecting people, technology and business, she is a member of the Atos Scientific Community where she explores the Future of Work and the impact of technology on individuals, organizations and society. She is a strong ambassador for diversity and inclusivity – and particularly encourages female talent to pursue a career in IT – as she believes a diverse and happy workforce is a key driver for business success. As an ambassador for the company’s global transformation program Wellbeing@work, she explores new technologies and ways of working that address the needs of current and future generations of employees. A storyteller at heart, she writes about the human side of business and technology and posts include insights into the future of work, the science of happiness, and how wellbeing and diversity can drive success.




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Articles posted by Marianne Hewlett

Wellbeing@work – how to re-energize and build resilience

Top tips to thrive in the new world of work Technology has given us the flexibility to work anywhere and anytime, but it doesn’t mean you should be “on” all the time. We lead very busy work lives; we zoom from meeting to meeting, spend hours behind our computer screen, and opt for a working lunch to…

Frictionless working: How to thrive in the new, blended world of work

It has been a year of unprecedented challenges on both a personal and business level. To thrive in times of uncertainty and change, it is key to stay flexible — what worked a few months ago might not work today or tomorrow. This is particularly true for the way we work. Most…

How to re-energize to combat pandemic fatigue

Happy New Year dear reader, I hope 2021 will bring you lots of inspiration, aspiration and good health! Perhaps you returned to work after a relaxing Christmas break or maybe you have been working during the festive season. Either way, there is a good chance that you have been thinking about the new year and the challenges and…

Fast forward to the future of work : How to future proof your skills and thrive in the “distance – economy"

As already shared in my previous blog here, the health crisis has accelerated the move toward a digital world of work. Working remotely and serving customers in new and digital ways will significantly transform our work; but it…

Fast forward to the future of work : How to prepare for a post-pandemic way-of-working

The corona crisis has accelerated the move toward a digital world of work. Working remotely and serving customers in new and digital ways will change how we work and also require new skills. Whatever your current role or position is, the critical skills…

Fast Forward to the Future of Work: How to build resilience in the new normal

As we return from the Summer break, many of us may be asking ourselves: what now? The holidays have been far from normal with travel restrictions, social distancing and mandatory use of face masks in public places. Furthermore, having to book a seat in a restaurant or…

Fast Forward to the Future of Work: Leadership in the New Normal - Part 2

When 60% of remote workers feel less connected to their teams, and leaders can’t wander around a virtual office to connect them, it’s imperative to focus on ties that bind. That's where the first post in this series ended. Here’s how to do it. 5 tips…

Fast Forward to the Future of Work: Leadership in the New Normal - Part 1 of 2

The way we work has changed drastically in the past four months. Remote working has now become the norm and is set to stay that way for much longer, if not for good. There are companies that have already decided that home-working is…

Fast forward to the future of work - the post-COVID19 “new normal”

The impact of COVID-19 on businesses of all shapes and sizes around the world has caused a seismic shift in how we conduct our work. As we fight to contain the pandemic, we’ve hit the fast forward button on many technologies that were already in place. From remote working…

Collective Intelligence – Can human and machine intelligence work in unison?

This article is part of Atos Digital Vision: Ethics opinion paper which explores how embedding ethical reflection into the design of digital technologies can lead to genuine benefits for customers and citizens by helping to address their legitimate concerns about their wider impact, today and into the future. Artificial intelligence (AI), automation and…

Intuition versus Artificial Intelligence - The Future Leadership Dilemma

Executives must strike a delicate balance between human and machine thinking New technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and natural language processing are emerging, empowering business leaders to make better, more informed and effective decisions. However, many executives are already comfortable with how they make decisions, choosing to go with their gut instinct…

Tech a minute video: the impact of artificial intelligence on the workplace

A recent McKinsey report estimates that, by 2030, robotics and AI will take human jobs in less than 5% of roles. But they will also have an impact on another 60%, replacing some tasks rather than the jobs themselves. For companies, the changes will be significant. What will the net impact of…

Happiness as a business model for success

Many businesses and organizations are facing digital disruptions and need to transform their way of working in order to remain successful.  Often the focus is on implementing new technologies, business models and customer services faster and more efficiently. But in placing customers at the heart of their product innovation, employers must also place greater emphasis on creating an exceptional…

The X-factor of women in the future of work

In an increasingly digital world of work, women have an important role to play and have every opportunity to thrive and be successful. They have the X-factor for success, providing they face the challenges and embrace the opportunities the future of work will bring. Technology will not only impact how, where and when we work…

Five ways the Future of Work will surprise you

It has been said that as a species, we humans first shape our technologies, and then our technologies shape us. It seems no more so than in the realm of the way we work, and with regard for the Future of Work

The Future of Work: Top 3 Trends on CIOs’ agenda

The influx of new technologies has kept digital transformation top of mind for C-Level execs for years. The benefits are clear, but digital transformation is about more than simply adopting new technologies to stay ahead of the competition. Of course, there is value in becoming more digitally-led, but this puts all the importance on technology…

How AI will power the Future of Work

Imagine having a digital assistant to schedule your next meeting or speaking to a chatbot to help you finalize a challenging task at work. Forward-thinking companies are implementing AI already, with Amazon launching Alexa for Business last year and Google recently trialling its Duplex human-sounding AI. A recent report from Gartner suggests that technology like this will be…

Switch off, unplug and do nothing (and not just on holiday!)

Technology has given us the flexibility to work anywhere and anytime, but it doesn’t mean you should be “on” all the time. We lead very busy work lives; we run from meeting to meeting, spend hours on phone conferences, file report after report and opt for a working lunch to make the most…

Time to put employee wellbeing on the business agenda

As businesses across every industry continue to undergo major digital transformation, employees working in these environments are feeling increasingly unsettled. In fact, the Future Risk Report from the British Safety Council suggests that emerging technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) or robots, will place increased pressure on employees, due to work insecurity and a drive for greater…

Why employee experience is critical to business transformation

The race towards digital transformation has led to rapid change in the type of service that businesses deliver to their customers, from more intuitive, easy-to-use solutions to immediate response times. But in placing customers at the heart of their product innovation, employers must also place greater emphasis on creating an exceptional employee experience. How can a customer be…

7 Tips to Practice Positivity

According to experts, happiness is a choice and not something that is entirely influenced by external circumstances. By simply deciding to be happy, we can adopt and live a more positive life. It takes just seconds to go from feeling down to feeling good – if you pick the right approach. Here are some simple, effective ways to achieve instant happiness: Let go and…

Are you prepared for the New World of Work in 2018?

Placing humans at the centre of technology transformation in the workplace is gaining pace for many employers. By focusing on their employees, businesses can even accelerate their digital transformation journey. Imagine your robot colleague greeting you when you enter the office or the lighting, colour and frequency intelligently adjusting to best suit your…

How will you be working in the future?

The advance of technology has totally redesigned our approach to how, where and when we work, accelerating much smarter working practices. Increasingly, it’s enabling us to fit our work around our personal lives – some individuals will favour a four-day week, others may wish to job share and others still may prefer to work at home or in…

Can tech help us switch off from our ‘always on’ mentality?

The influx of new digital technologies is exposing us to an unprecedented flood of information that we feel compelled to read and respond to at all hours. Subsequently, work related stress has become of major concern to organisations with a recent survey from the European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks…

Will micro-entrepreneurs replace traditional working roles?

Industries have been disrupted almost overnight by the gig economy – from transport and tourism to catering and crafts. The shift is forcing traditional businesses to re-address their offering to remain competitive. If you’ve ever booked an Udemy course or purchased a handmade card from Etsy, then you’ll know that the gig economy has benefits for the consumer, with…

Universal Basic Income: how to create a renewed sense of purpose

In his recent Harvard Commencement speech, Marc Zuckerberg talked about the importance of giving people purpose: “We should have a society that measures progress not just by economic metrics like GDP, but by how many of us have a role we find meaningful. We should explore ideas like universal basic income to give…

Introducing the Kindness Performance Indicator – adding the human element to business metrics.

We are very good at working with numbers; they form the universal language that translates into business failure or success. In fact, everything of value, whether tangible or intangible, is translated into figures to enable us to gauge our business performance. It’s a straightforward method of measuring, monitoring and improving…

The Worker of the Future: How technology will change the way we work

Imagine if you could scan yourself into the office using a chip implanted in your hand. Your robot colleague would greet you and inform you of your first appointment – a virtual call with your counterpart in another country, who would appear in your office as a hologram. Sensing your…

‘Deep work’ – How to bring in focus and stand out

From dusk to dawn, we’re plagued by digital distractions in every aspect of our lives. Emails pop up on screen, Whatsapp messages flash up on our smartphones and social networks constantly demand our attention, interrupting our train of thought. The latest research reveals that millennials check their phones at least 150 times per…

Command and control is over… enter the self-organizing worker

When Alfred Sloan led General Motors to become the largest company in the world during the early twentieth century, he inspired the modern corporation to be based on hierarchical management structures and clear leadership that remains in many organizations today. But the technological revolution is accelerating and digital transformation is forcing organizations to adopt new working…

From X to Z – how to make the multi-generational workforce thrive

Generation Z is starting to enter the workplace – “the first tribe of true digital natives” that are more technologically fluent than their senior colleagues. At the other end of the spectrum, our workforce is ageing, with millions of people over the age of 65 – Baby Boomers – having…

Welcome to the age of the trans-human worker

Nothing defines the future of work more than those who will create it, and the latest advances in neurotechnology will radically transform workers themselves. Rethink everything you know about talent, education, and what you can expect from your most able employee. The next few decades will redefine what it means to be human, what it means…

Machine learning without bias: time to solve the gender gap

Everywhere you look, you see artificial intelligence (AI). Smart algorithms are already being used to find your face on social media, assess loan applications and translate excerpts of text instantly. But it doesn’t stop there; soon, machines could be in complete control of your car and will be able to track your food consumption based…

How technology is impacting the future of learning

Some of the world’s most sought after jobs, from a block chain developer to a 3D printing technician didn’t exist ten years ago. Vocational courses in these areas were unavailable a decade ago and it’s unlikely that you can enrol into a University to study for these roles today. Future jobs will continue to drastically change so simply…

Could robots make you less ‘robotic’ at work?

In a recent post, I looked at the future workforce where humans and robot colleagues work together. Where your robot colleague would take on the more monotonous, repetitive tasks or those deemed too dangerous for people to carry out. Yet, despite the benefits of man and machine working harmoniously alongside one another, much has been made of the…

Biometrics, mood sensors and green spaces: Welcome to the office of the future

Imagine watching an employee arrive at work in the year 2036. She touches a sensor to gain access to the building; it scans her fingerprint and collects a sample of DNA from her skin. The door opens instantly and she walks through, past lush, green spaces. The office senses her…

Do you have a growth mindset to achieve success?

Imagine you are asked to solve a difficult question or take on a task that is outside your field of expertise. Would you embrace the challenge or would you think you are not smart enough? If the latter is the case, think again as you have the ability to train your brain. It’s not grades and…

How the future of work will help shape the digital society

A technological revolution is currently taking place which could fundamentally change the way we live and work. Progress being made in the fields of robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) pose both opportunities and challenges to the human race. While robots bring with them many benefits: they are cost effective and able to relieve…

Is work still working for you? Wellbeing and happiness drive business success

The influx of new digital technologies is exposing us all to an unprecedented flood of information and emails that we feel compelled to read and respond to at all hours. And, with demand for our time increasingly exceeding our capacity, we’re struggling to bring our skills and talent to life. Did you…

Meet my colleague: the robot

Much has been made of the advancement of robots; many fear they will not only take away jobs but also far surpass the cognitive ability of the human brain and develop a mind of their own. Both Elon Musk and scientist Stephen Hawking have indicated that the prospect of super intelligence, whereby robots learn how to think like humans, poses crucial ethical…

The Future of Work: will flexible working help close the gender gap?

There is a strong case for gender diversity in leadership teams as it leads to increased innovation, creativity, profitability and business success. So why is it that progress towards gender equality in the workplace, particularly in leadership positions, remains so slow? In Western Europe, only 17 percent of executive-committee members…

How will you be working in 2020?

It’s Monday morning, and you’ve just stepped into a driverless car with three colleagues to chair your first meeting of the day. You enter the office by placing your hand on a biometric scan, and, sensing your feelings as you start the working week, the lights and temperature are adjusted to improve your mood. Your virtual assistant orders you…

Top tips to prepare yourself for the future of work

The future of work will see many disruptive changes, with automation, robotics and Artificial Intelligence all radically reshaping the professional landscape. But these changes are already happening, and we must adapt our working patterns now if we’re to be successful tomorrow. Since the Industrial Revolution, there has been much focus on how to achieve a…

Empowering women in the workplace: Top tips for aspiring female leaders

In my last post, I explored how digital transformation is giving business leaders the opportunity to reimagine gender equality. But how do aspiring female leaders put this into practice to progress and forge successful careers? Here, I offer my top tips:     Take inspiration from the top According to a new study…

How can digital transformation reimagine gender equality?

The last 50 years have seen a dramatic shift in traditional family roles. As a result, women are in a stronger position than ever to lead, shape and transform the economic, social and political landscape. Hilary Clinton represents the first female presidential candidate in the race for the White House in America’s history and Angela Merkel is steering the…

Are you future proofing your career?

40% of all jobs are likely to be automated by 2030 – that’s according to Oxford University economists Dr Carl Frey and Dr Michael Osborne. The question is what new types of work will you be doing by then?  How will you be freed up from repetitive tasks as automation opens up new possibilities? These are important questions to ask yourselves…

Do Robots Have Feelings Too?

Do you talk to your car and lovingly stroke its shiny bonnet when it performs well? Or perhaps you have heated discussions with your computer, and threaten separation if it doesn’t speed up. Whilst these are obviously machines and don’t respond to, nor reciprocate your feelings, the latest robots not only look increasingly like us, they can recognize and respond to our…

The Future of Work - It’s work, but not as we know it.

The nature of work is changing rapidly. Digital technologies such as social media, cloud computing, the Internet of Things and mobile are enabling us to work anytime, anywhere on any device.  We are “always-on” and hyper-connected to our work, at a time when the office is no longer the…

Are you ready for the future of work?

The latest technological trends and developments, as well as the growing prevalence of millennials, are impacting the world of work. In a recent series, my colleagues John Minnick and James McMahon explored the future of work, from how companies can thrive in the digital workplace to the ways we’ll be working in 2020 and the different types of…

Enhancing health and happiness at work

Ever wondered how you could improve your wellbeing at work? With the blurring of our personal and professional lives, there are greater pressures on our time. Consuming more content than ever before and getting distracted by a plethora of devices, we seem to have fewer hours in the day to get our work done. As a consequence, we’re putting more pressure…

Future Talent – Anticipating the jobs of 2025

Five years ago, social media interns hadn’t been recruited and Android didn’t have a Donut Developer. It’s difficult to imagine what the new job titles of the future will be but no doubt the third digital revolution, influenced by cloud, big data, mobility and social networks, will profoundly shape the jobs of 2025. This IT revolution will force…

Unlock your power to innovate

These days, innovation is a hot topic. Any self-respecting organization has innovation on its agenda and in big fancy letters on its web site. If your company doesn’t have innovation in its DNA you’re not one of the movers and shakers – or should I say disruptors and game changers - in the business world. We need to “innovate or die”, a…

The Economics of Wellbeing at Work

Does employee wellbeing have a direct impact on your organization’s bottom line? Have you ever considered “wellbeing” and “happiness” as important for your business? Think about it - when employees are ill, don’t show up or don’t perform their best, it lowers productivity and costs money. On the other hand, employees who are fit and engaged are more productive, generate ideas,…

Wellbeing at Work – Beyond Measurement?

How can we measure wellbeing and happiness at work? Whilst we can all agree that a happy and healthy workforce is invariably more productive, most companies still feel uncomfortable tackling intangible ‘body and mind’ issues, preferring to focus only on tangible facts and performance figures instead. In my last blog Introducing the Kindness Performance Indicator (KiPI), I questioned whether organizations are measuring…

How to ensure wellbeing in the digital workplace

The digital workplace is enabling new and effective ways of working and improving employee engagement while exploiting consumer-orientated styles and technologies

How To Measure the human side of business

Introducing The Kindness Performance Indicator (KiPI) We are very good at working with numbers; they form the universal language that translates into business failure or success. In fact, everything of value, whether tangible or intangible, is translated into figures to enable us to gauge our business performance. It’s a straightforward method of measuring, monitoring and improving our business…

Emotion bonds strong teams

“The most memorable moments in life cannot be seen or touched. They must be felt with the heart” Watching athletes going for Gold at the 2014 Winter Olympics and seeing the dedication and passion of their national teams is a very emotional sight. We can’t help but join in, willing the athletes to push that little bit harder, shouting encouragingly at the TV screen…

Natural Leadership – Leadership inspired by Nature

Hyper-connected, collaborative environments demand a new leadership style Are you a leader, do you have leadership qualities or are you leading a team? It may all sound the same, but there is a slight distinction between a “leader”, “leadership” and “leading”. For instance, you can have formally appointed leaders who do not have real leadership skills. Leadership is related…

Happiness@work - Spread a little happiness

Recently, I participated in several very interesting discussions on the subject of happiness at work (happiness@work). During these discussions, we asked ‘what is happiness, can we measure it and if so how, does it affect our work, and should we be looking for ways to increase it?' Happiness appears to be a hot topic at the moment, and perhaps…

Where do you get your work done?

At first glance it’s an easy, straightforward question. My immediate reply would be my office but, when I start thinking about it, very different locations spring to mind. I create my mental “to do” list when driving to work, my best ideas surface when walking my dogs, strategic papers and presentations are created at my kitchen table, and the…

Wellbeing@work: Desktop Detox

It is now more than eight weeks since I wrote down my New Year’s resolutions. Despite a promising start, some of them are still waiting to jump off the page and start jogging towards a healthier, fitter, calorie reduced future.And I’m not talking about only my personal wellbeing but,just a simportantly, about my professional health as well. My online arteries are clogged up with Mb…