The future of work is already here

The author of new book The Future of Work, Jacob Morgan, introduces a kind of flexi-time, multi-device new-work utopia where organisations must adapt to their employees and customers, rather than the other way around.

It’s a timely look at how employees of the future will work, how managers will lead, and what organisations of the future will look like.

Some of the patterns and trends Morgan describes aren’t new but seeing them all together paints a stark picture of the old and new assumptions around what it means ‘to work’.

The employee of the future
The employee of the future works anytime, anywhere, from any device. They and their employers are focused on output over process. They create their own pathway, and are encouraged to be creative in customising their work.

They share information and collaborate, and are encouraged to seek out leadership opportunities. Rather than amassing knowledge, they adopt a lifelong learner outlook of adaptive learning and teaching. It really does make the ‘old way’ of traditional 9-5 work look incredibly archaic.

Cultural influencers
What is striking is that while some of these trends are apparently technology driven, they all have cultural drivers. For example, the trust required to really enable people to work anytime; the value placed on the end product rather than the process that created it; and a culture that genuinely promotes information sharing over silos.

Organisations that want to succeed now and in the future will need to consider their culture and leadership in the light of these trends, which are increasingly reflecting the new norms in both the workforce and workplace.

Business transformation incorporating flexible working and agile leadership is on the agenda for most organisations we work with. Changing business models and evolving ways of working are challenging the effectiveness of current leadership models and practices and established social norms. There is no one-size-fits-all solution.

If you're interested in learning more about the new work paradigm here’s a link to the full Evolution of the Employee article in Forbes magazine. If your leaders need some guidance on how to adapt and succeed in this rapidly changing environment then let's talk!


Posted: Wednesday 29 October 2014

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