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- Print Length: 219 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (11 August 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JJ42QKA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 69 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #388,647 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Future of Work: Attract New Talent, Build Better Leaders, and Create a Competitive Organization Kindle Edition
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By now, it's old news that Millennials are entering the workforce in droves. It's old news that mobile work is gaining speed, and it's old news--even ancient news, by today's standards--that employment and management is fundamentally changing. The problem is that many of us still don't know what the future of work really looks like. Without a big-picture perspective on what the next few years hold for employees, managers, and organizations, how can we really understand how to adapt? We know we need to change and challenge convention but that's like having an address without a map. Finally, Jacob Morgan has provided the map.
The Future of Work fills in the gaps in our understanding of what's next for the workplace. This is not a distant-future perspective, but rather focuses on the near term, clearing the fog for employers and employees alike. With new technologies at our disposal and the light-speed pace of communications, we can expect things to change very rapidly. Keeping up with and taking control of those changes depends on an understanding of why work, as we know it, is fundamentally dead and where work is going next.
What is work? What is an employee? What is leadership? You may not be asking these questions, but you can be sure that the future employee is. There is no doubt that changes are occurring. The Future of Work explains what those changes will look like and how businesses can adapt and succeed in this new landscape. The author, a thought leader in the strategic management space, demonstrates how you and your organization can thrive without working 9-5 in a cubicle, without out-dated management approaches, and without treating employees like cogs.
The companies that have a future are the ones that focus on what the future will bring. This book pushes the boundaries of how we think about work and opens our minds to new possibilities and new ways of doing business. Readers may also request to join the FOWCommunity.com, an invite only membership community for sharing advice and best practices with other companies around the world who are looking to meet the challenges of the new, open, collaborative future. Read The Future of Work to learn what a 21st century workplace looks like, what it means to you, and what you have to do about it.
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Praise for THE FUTURE OF WORK
"Morgan's book offers a compelling look into the future--how all of us will work, how many of us will lead, and how organizations themselves must transform in the face of these changes."
--Daniel H. Pink, NY Times bestselling author of Drive and To Sell is Human
"Jacob Morgan cracks the code on the biggest mystery in the workplace: what it takes to build and sustain a new generation of loyal, engaged and inspired colleagues. It's impossible to read this book and not see the great risks of the status quo."
--Bill McDermott, CEO, SAP
"To be future-ready, companies need to embrace a new type of culture that empowers employees to find innovative ways to drive impact. The Future of Work provides a helpful roadmap to engage the workforce of a new generation."
--Brad Smith, President and CEO, Intuit
"With markets shifting along social, economic and technological lines, organizations and leaders need new strategies to inspire and motivate their most valuable asset - their people. The Future of Work provides valuable insights that will help organizations seize opportunities in this rapidly changing landscape, transforming a possible vulnerability into a competitive strength."
--John Veihmeyer, Global Chairman, KPMG
"In a truly global economy, with information available 24/7 and where the speed of everything is rapidly increasing .... Morgan does a great job of stimulating the reader to think how this will impact organizations, people and practices in the workplace."
--Jeff M. Fettig, Chairman & CEO Whirlpool Corporation
"Morgan has written a book to help you understand how the world of work is changing, why it's changing, and what you need to do about it. The Future of Work inspires you to rethink how employees work, how managers lead, and how organizations are structured."
--Gary Hamel, Founder, Management Lab
"In a connected world where behaviors are changing, organizations must rethink how work gets done. The Future of Work provides a structured framework and key principles to help organizations of today chart a path to success for tomorrow."
--Jean-Pascal Tricoire, CEO, Schneider Electric
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Another force for change is technology, which is both “connecting everything” and “disrupting everything.” The people who operate this technology realize that with it, they can work anywhere, any time; can collaborate at unprecedented levels, sharing information in real time; and can “learn and teach at will.” With this new power at their fingertips, today’s new worker simply will not settle for less.
Morgan describes in tantalizing detail “flat companies” (rather than hierarchies)... organizations with few or no managers “whose primary focus rests on the idea of distributed decision-making and self-organization.” Organizational charts and annual reviews are yesterday’s news.
Long gone is the organization that could expect to keep an employee for a lifetime. The average duration of an employee’s tenure today is four years. Millennials have discovered that employment isn’t the only way to make a living any more. To attract employees, smart managers must embrace this entrepreneurial mindset.
This is a well-written, well-documented account of the evolution of organizations from places where employees have to be to places where they want to be... and those “places” are fast becoming flexible rather than fixed. The changes Morgan talks about are inevitable, and wise leaders would do well to climb aboard.
For as much content as Morgan packs into his book it is surprisingly brief, just barely over two hundred pages. But rather than fill it with meaningless content to just fluff out his book Morgan doesn’t bandy words and dives straight in. Everything that made the cut to get into the book was incredibly well chosen and very well thought out.
In the end, whether an employee, management, or higher up I highly encourage picking up Jacob Morgan’s book The Future of Work: Attract New Talent, Build Better Leaders, and Create a Competitive Organization.
It seems that this book is focused on the employee interaction with the organization. Like Morgan says, “…if your organization doesn’t think about and plan for the future of work then your organization will have no future.” These are undoubtedly exciting times we live in. It’s fun to see the changes in my own day to day with my small organization and to read about what the big guys are doing. I hope that I can adapt to the current environment enough to stay relevant. Employees demand much more these days.
Like mentioned above, this isn’t my first Jacob Morgan book. So some of these concepts are not new. But the chapter that most blew my mind was Chapter 7: The Managerless Company. The chapter is full of these huge companies (huge by valuation, not by employees) that don’t have managers in the traditional sense. Many of the team’s decisions are made communally and project leaders are voted on or are created organically. The team holds the team members responsible and there is less supervision, more mentorship and more support. He mentions how this structure isn’t for everyone. But I think this is trend is like working remotely. A few years ago almost no one tele-commuted. Now, a big part of the workplace does.
Morgan says that this book is for the very near term. And he promises that in a few years it will be time to write another that explores a different futures. I’m looking forward to it!
This one examines the changing workforce, work methods, and work approaches by focusing on the employee. Most importantly he points out the need for leaders rather than managers in these changing times. And although vulnerability and feelings might not be your favorite things the point is clearly made that in today's working world both of these matter--people are tired of being treated like machines. They care about the responsibilities they're given and the attention paid to them as people.
Morgan asserts that the majority of people's time is currently spent working and consequently they now care more about what that environment looks and feels like. No matter what generation you're a part of (if you're not certain, don't worry, he provides an easy breakdown so you can figure it out), these principles will matter and affect you. Flexibility, collaboration, communication, and transparency make up the basics of what employees are now looking for and Morgan helps breakdown the basics of how a good company can approach each of these areas. He even outlines how some of these approaches would, in fact, save companies money in significant amounts. Some of these things include using the rising freelance movement, locational flexibility, and increasing sources for online education at continually lessening costs.
Alas, the index doesn't work properly in the Kindle version, it is simply a list of words.
Morgan states that many people are sleepwalking through their jobs and I agree wholeheartedly with this statement. Some people don’t give their jobs that hundred percent but do enough to get by. In my past areas of employment I have worked with some zombies, who were clearly sleepwalking through their daily jobs. Morgan also state that a 9 to 5 doesn’t suit everyone. It really doesn’t. He also touches on freelancing. However, the quote that made me examine the symbiotic relationship of my co-workers is: “The ability for employees to share makes innovation everyone’s job.” When employees share, it really does make innovation everyone’s job.
I really enjoyed reading “The Future of Work” but one thing that I did not feel comfortable with was the fact that Morgan quoted a few times from Wikipedia. Still, the concepts that he touches on are quite thought-provoking.
One other note: I found this book to be well-written, and the "flow" of the entire book reads as if the author were giving a presentation - and I mean this in a good way! You'll learn quite a bit, but you'll also be challenged to think. 5/5 stars!
I thought the book was well laid out and built up properly in starting with the employee and moving up the ladder to the changing structure of the organization. It felt like a natural progression and was smooth. The writing is backed up with a lot of research sources that are noted in the ends of the chapters with links to some of the articles in the book. The strong research component of this book helps to solidify the author’s theories and give creditability to them. Additionally, the companies he used for examples throughout the book were helpful and tied in nicely to the information that was provided. The beginnings of many of the chapters have an outline that lists some specifics of the topic the author is going to discuss in that chapter, and he is then able to follow that outline through the chapter with easy to follow subheadings that make this an easy book to use as a reference as well. There are also some graphics that help bring visualization to the structures he outlines in the chapters. Additionally, the book seems well edited and includes an index.
I honestly can’t find anything negative to say about this book other than it feels like a fairy tale at times. I hope the research the author presented really is utilized and the future of work does make this paradigm shift. I think it would be beneficial for everyone and the companies they work for. In my state there is hardly any full time positions left; people often work up to three jobs with no health benefits, no health insurance, and I have had friends tell me companies would only offer them up to ten hours of work a week but they had to be available at all times. It feels so far away from the amazingness of this book, but I hope it does become a reality. It seems some bigger companies are following the research that is in this book and have made these changes with success so I can only hope other companies will follow their example.
Anyone that has a job should read this book; especially if you are in the management or the owner of a company. I’ve always felt employees weren’t able to thrive in their work environment and make suggestions because of the structure of the company and it is rather heartbreaking. I think if more companies followed this line of research we would see happier employees as well as higher achieving companies. This is a novel book in its field and well worth the read. It is also a handy reference book for anyone who is in management in a business and wants to begin the process of shifting their company to a more modern work environment. There are a lot of amazing ideas and research backed information in this work to access.
The author talks about just how technology has gotten better throughout time. It’s been less than 10 years and we’ve already begun to evolve extremely fast. The author talks also about the Internet and how people depend on the information that they receive. Communication between different networks and how the software and applications work throughout this whole process is something amazing. Living with the forms of technology makes everything much easier.
I was taken back with the authors information about how the workplace is and how we will continue to be productive as time goes on. I haven’t read any of his other books, but I really enjoyed this one and I think all delve into some of the other topics he’s talked about. The educational aspect of reading this book has greatly increase my knowledge about technology. If you want to be a little bit more productive and achieve better results in your work life, then this book is definitely for you.