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.

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?

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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

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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?

Branson introduces 'no policy' vacation

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Sir Richard Branson has drawn quite a bit of media attention by introducing a 'no policy' vacation scheme for the Virgin parent company in the UK and USA. As he says in his blog "Flexible working has revolutionised how, where and when we all do our jobs. So, if working nine to five no longer applies, then why should strict annual leave (vacation) policies? "

New work styles fit for older people

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German companies are offering flexible working hours to older employees to retain their knowledge and experience, according to an FT article this week. This underlines how a new work model is needed to enable everyone to contribute more productively, not just the digital generation but also busy parents in mid-career and workers approaching retirement.

Social media bans don't work

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A recent survey of 4,500 office workers by Samsung showed that 41% of employees are ignoring their employer's ban on the use of social media at work. If employers restrict access on their systems, people simply use their own mobile devices instead. (see http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/social-media/10998127/British-work...)

High marks from NHS book reviewer

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A review on TrainingZone, a website for training professionals, rates our book 9/10. The reviewer, a clinical IT trainer in the NHS (National Health Service), says she'll be passing it to her manager in the hope they can use more of its ideas: "My present role is based on payment for time.

Sleepless in Seoul

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Today's Financial Times reports a breakthrough for employees of Seoul's metropolitan government who battle with long hours and lack of sleep - they will be allowed to take an afternoon nap. But there's a sting in the tail as any worker wanting to catch up on sleep will have to tell their supervisor in the morning ... and then work overtime to make up for the nap.

Flexible working loses 'family friendly' image

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This week in the UK the legislation on the 'right to request flexible working' has changed. It has moved form being just applicable to parents and carers to now being a right for ALL employees (after 26 weeks of employment to be exact). This might seem like a small change in the law but it is a fundamental change in the evolution of work.


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