Chapter 4 - "Why it makes business sense"

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It makes good business sense for organisations to adopt an agile future work model as the norm, and in Chapter 4 of the book we explain why. More companies are starting to understand and act on the business case – in the UK, a coalition of firms has created the Agile Future Forum as a way to enhance the country’s economic competitiveness.

Chapter 3 - "Turning convention on its head"

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In Chapter 3 we ask why we have a long hours culture despite having technology that was supposed to make our working lives better. We show that rewarding people for the hours they work, rather than for results, produces poor productivity. We also point out that conventional flexitime schemes can result in clock-watching and disruption to business.

Chapter 2 - "How work has evolved"

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In the second chapter of our book, “How work has evolved”, we describe how working practices have developed over recent decades, driven by information technology and changing workforce expectations. The pace of these changes is now extraordinarily rapid, and established organisations are often struggling to keep pace or catch up as new types of work contract and new models of business spring up all over the place.

Chapter 1 - "Time for Change"

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In the first chapter of the book we lay out the arguments that we will be making throughout the other chapters. We look at the changing work environment and point out that many organizations are still employing people based on a model that was invented with the Industrial Revolution and is now well out of date.


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We are pleased to announce that an updated and extended version of 'Future Work' is published today.

This website has been updated with the details (at the top of this column) and the links to buy the book are now to the new edition. The list of contents now refers to the new version and you will see that there is a new chapter on 'Making it happen yourself'. 

Some great new examples in the updated book

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The new expanded edition of Future Work, published this week, features the stories of a growing number of organisations that are adapting to thrive in the new world of work - from the global reinsurance giant Swiss Re to the dynamic alternative legal firm Lawyers on Demand.

New edition of the book about to be published

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We are delighted to announce that a second edition of ‘Future Work’ will be published on March 26 in the UK and on April 25 in the USA. This is not just a reprint - it’s a major review, update and expansion of the original bestselling edition. It has a new subtitle: Changing Organizational Culture for the New World of Work.

Future Work in Sydney and Melbourne - 1 April and 3 April

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Women on Boards Australia is running two exciting events next month where I'll be speaking about Future Work. The "Fit for the Future" forums are for business managers and leaders to learn how to drive culture change and adapt to the new world of work. The first  is in Sydney on 1 April and the second in Melbourne on 3 April - so, if you're reading from there, do sign up.

McKinsey report shows culture critical to gender diversity

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In the latest survey from McKinsey & Co on gender and workplace diversity, the results indicate that collective, cultural factors at work are more than twice as likely as individual factors to link to women’s confidence that they can reach top management.

Internet Addiction and Long Hours Working

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The Telegraph have just published an aticle basd on a research project studying Internet addiction. (see The report shows that individuals who report a high level of compulsive use of the Internet were found to be at a high risk of suffering from isolation, depression and anxiety. However, the report also points out that these are high achievers who are naturally 'workaholics' and inclined to put in long hours anyway.


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