A new, updated and expanded edition of our business bestseller, Future Work, is now out. It has a lot of exciting new content, as well as a fresh green jacket with testimonials from leading experts and executives.

The book covers the latest developments transforming the world of work, and demonstrates how pioneering organisations are adapting to rapid advances in communications technology, demographic shifts and changing attitudes to work.

With dozens of case studies, including new ones from Accenture, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Shell, Swiss Re and WPP, the book sets out the compelling case for a revolution in organizational cultures and working styles to boost output, cut costs, give employees more freedom and contribute to a greener economy.

Human needs and work

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What are the main ingredients of "a good work day"? According to research by Herman Miller Insight Group, the six key human needs are: Achievement, Autonomy, Purpose, Belonging, Security and Status. I was struck by how much this has in common with what we talk about in the book - especially the importance of management styles that enable people to achieve their full potential, with as much autonomy in their work as possible. 

The last rush hour?

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Fred Pilot, California-based author of Last Rush Hour, just interviewed Peter and me for a podcast about how work is changing in the 21st century. Fred is a healthcare specialist who now focuses on the decentralization of knowledge work - the topic of his book.

Absence management

Peter Thomson's picture

The latest CIPD survey on absence management has come up with an interesting conclusion. They say that "Employers that offer flexible working are significantly less likely to have reported illegitimate absence among their top five causes of short-term absence". This supports the evidence we found when writing the book: flexible workers don't have to lie about why they are taking time off work.

Flexible Working to fix NHS Problems

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The NHS has been in the news recently for spending excessive amounts on temporary staff. One solution, mentioned by the Chief Executive, SImon Stevens, is "flexible employment". As reported by the BBC, the Royal College of Nursing are calling for "more flexible working hours, pointing out that 90% of nurses are women - many of whom have childcare responsibilities and are unable to work rigid shift patterns."

Reinventing the Company in the Digital Age

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Following Peter's participation in the BBVA book launch in Boston, I took part in a similar event in Madrid last week, led by Francisco González, chairman and chief executive of the Spanish banking group, who talked about how the banking sector has to adapt fast to digitization and new competitors. My presentation was on female leadership and new styles of leadership for the digital age, the topic of my chapter in the book.

Boston BBVA Book Launch

Peter Thomson's picture

I recently had the pleasure of speaking in Boston at the USA launch of a new book “Reinventing the Company in the Digital Age”. Alison and I each wrote chapters for the book, along with a variety of other contributors. All together it is a fascinating collection of insights into the way businesses are adapting to a rapidly changing world. All the chapters from the book can be dowloaded for free.

Another step towards Future Work

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On December 1st the new regime of Shared Parental Leave came into effect. Employment legislation now recognises that fathers and mothers can share responsibility for caring for a new baby. This is a period of 50 weeks, in addition to the 2 weeks of paternity leave, which means a father can potentially take a whole year off to look after a new baby whilst the mother goes back to work.

Muddle through or get guidance?

Peter Thomson's picture

Many organisations are having a stab at introducing some form of flexible working. Unfortunatley thay are in danger of creating as many problems as they solve if they simply add it to their existing work practices. As we say in Future Work, there is a need to have a fundamental review of the organisational culture and change some entrenched managament behaviours to have a successful implementation.

Agile work as a business priority

Alison Maitland's picture

HOW can we get future work higher up the business agenda? That was the question I addressed in a blog for the UK's Family and Childcare Trust to mark Family Friendly Week. The answer lies in linking arguments for new ways of working directly to business priorities and the bottom line. How many businesses need to cut costs, or increase productivity, or attract and retain scarce skills?

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