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.

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.

Videos from Conference Board interview

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In our videos section, we've uploaded some clips from a web interview I did with The Conference Board about the new edition of Future Work. The clips were also shown at the Corporate Diversity & Inclusion conference in New York in June. Do take a look!

Managing Virtual Teams Webinar

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On June 12th Alison chaired a discussion about managing virtual teams, held as a webinar run by The Conference Board.

The panel consisted of
Peter Thomson, co-Author of 'Future Work'
Isla Ramos Chavez, Executive Director, Business Transformation EMEA for Lenovo
and 
Geoff Fulford, VP, Group Customer Service Excellence Unilever

Second edition formally launched!

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There was a real buzz at the event kindly hosted by EY in London on Tuesday evening this week to celebrate the launch of the second edition of Future Work. We're grateful to Gail Sulkes, Larry Smith and Jacobina Plummer, all of whom feature in the book in one way or another, for being a fantastic panel of speakers and sharing their stories, and to the audience for their thought-provoking questions and contributions. We had a great evening and we're very pleased to see the ideas and messages in Future Work making an impact.

Future Work extract published in EBR

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The latest edition of The European Business Review contains an edited extract from Future Work, in which we explain the TRUST principles for organisations to make a successful transition to agile future work by changing culture and management attitudes. The extract can be found here. The edition also includes features on innovation and on women's leadership. 

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