An invaluable resource for anyone who needs to increase employee productivity and reduce costs, and wants to do so in a way which is economically, environmentally and socially sustainable.
Stephen Leonard, Chief Executive, IBM UK and Ireland
"Future Work" sounds seductive. But very few organizations have actually changed the way they really do work. Maitland and Thomson have painted a comprehensive and compelling picture of what's possible, going way beyond the typical hype about technology and GenY. And they've dug deeply to report many very human stories about how the future of work is happening today, and what it takes to transform the workplace. If you read this book and then put it aside without changing the way you manage, you'll wind up watching the future of work from the sidelines.
James P. Ware, Executive Director, The Future of Work...unlimited
Future Work lays out a compelling business case for flexibility that offers essential guidance for leaders grappling with a changing workforce, globalization and continuous advances in technology. The authors challenge conventional attitudes with a powerful rationale on how work can be accomplished with more precision and efficiency, while simultaneously reducing costs and offering employees more control over how they work.
Michel Landel, CEO, Sodexo
Future Work lives up to its title-it presents a compelling view of how work is being transformed in ways that benefit the employee and employer alike. More than that, it is a compelling call to action that shows us how to create much more flexible and effective workplaces.
Ellen Galinsky, President, Families and Work Institute, and author of Mind in the Making
The 19th century had an agrarian workforce, and the 20th century an industrial one. Now in the 21st century we have an information workforce, and as a result everything must change again. Maitland and Thomson provide invaluable insights into what future work will look like, and what organizations must do now to adapt to the imperatives of the mobile, global, knowledge economy.
Murray D. Martin, Chairman, President & CEO, Pitney Bowes Inc.
Future Work is an excellent guide with plenty of examples to inspire 21st century managers to become real "2.0 leaders". It will help them develop their skills to introduce flexibility in an uncertain and changing global environment in which individuals are self-motivated and want to integrate their professional and personal lives. It is empowerment in practice!
Nuria Chinchilla, Professor of Managing People in Organizations, IESE Business School
Alison Maitland and Peter Thomson have assembled an illuminating body of evidence in this robust and readable analysis of work transformation that deserves to become a classic in its field. Using case studies drawn from progressive employers, they spell out why this change is happening and how it can be achieved. Future Work is an essential tool for future management.
Richard Donkin, author of The Future of Work
Future Work provides timely insight on the kind of culture organizations need to meet the expectations of today's workforce. It will be useful for executives who want to learn how business must adapt to the revolution in work practices now being fuelled by incredibly rapid technological and social changes.
Stewart D. Friedman, Practice Professor at The Wharton School and author of Total Leadership
The world of work is changing rapidly and the office is undergoing a radical redesign to accommodate 21st century work practices. This book captures these critical changes and identifies the leadership culture required to support them. It should be read by all managers who are striving to get the best results from their workforce in today's challenging economic climate.
Professor Ginny Gibson, Deputy Dean, Henley Business School
The business case for a flexible work environment is clear. Maitland and Thomson take this to the next level by explaining how organizations and managers can rethink their work cultures to retain their top talent and boost their productivity. This book is a must-read for managers and leaders.
Sylvia Ann Hewlett, author of Winning the War for Talent in Emerging Markets: Why Women Are the Solution
This is an exciting but daunting time as the way we work and the nature of employment are undergoing a revolution. The global economic turmoil means that previous experience of how things are done is no longer a reliable guide to the future. This book is perfectly timed to provide managers with a better understanding of how to successfully deliver tomorrow's working culture and workplace. The emphasis on the human side of these radical changes is particularly valuable.
Paul Bartlett, Chairman, Office Productivity Network
Overcoming the status quo and challenging outdated attitudes need not be as daunting as it might sound. Future Work draws on Alison and Peter's deep knowledge of the field, augmented by current case studies and survey evidence to provide a readable, practical and comprehensive handbook that I can recommend highly.
Dr Anne Marie McEwan, CEO, The Smart Work Company
The nature of how, why, and where we work is changing, and this has repercussions for growth, sustainability, infrastructure, diversity, technology and much more. Alison Maitland and Peter Thomson's book is where every board member and senior executive should start when thinking through the best way to future-proof their organisations.
Lucy P. Marcus, CEO, Marcus Venture Consulting, and non-executive board director
Future Work should be required reading for every manager today. The way we work is changing rapidly and successful organizations must understand the advantages and challenges of the news ways of working.
Kate Lister, President, Telework Research Network
After researching and reporting on telework for the last five years I'm confident Future Work is destined to become the source book on telecommuting.
Tom Harnish, co-author, Undress For Success: The Naked Truth About Making Money At Home
Alison and Peter have successfully navigated the future of work to explain why this is now a critical issue for all business leaders. Their book is essential reading for anyone wanting to gain a glimpse of the future and understand the new world of work.
Philip Ross, CEO, Unwork.com
This book makes sense of the changes that I am seeing around me in my work, and gives me hope that we are on our way to "future work" where it is performance that matters, rather than presence.
Alison Gregory, Senior Managing Consultant, Organisation & People, Global Business Services, IBM UK