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Future Work: Changing organizational culture for the new by Alison Maitland

By Alison Maitland

The means we paintings is past due for swap. This newly up-to-date advisor to the demanding situations you are going to face within the twenty first century international of labor units out a compelling case for switch in organizational cultures and dealing practices to spice up output, reduce bills, provide staff extra freedom over how they paintings and give a contribution to a greener economy.

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It launched an ‘Agile Working’ strategy, driven by business objectives. ‘Agile Working is a simple but powerful concept,’ says CEO Paul Polman. ’ This increases productivity, reduces the need for travel and its associated costs and helps people to achieve greater balance in their lives, he adds. The company has made the connection between business success and new ways of working. It has recognized that this is a way to increase the diversity of its organization at every level, drive productivity and engage its people.

10 Future Work Capturing hearts, minds and wallets A key argument in favor of new ways of working is that they improve productivity, a point we demonstrate in Chapter 4, where we examine why future work makes business sense. Countless surveys have shown big improvements in output when people have greater autonomy over how, where and when they carry out their work to meet their objectives. This is a persuasive argument for managers to use in countering doubts about the new work model. As long as practices such as working from home are seen simply as an employee benefit, they will not be treated seriously, especially by business leaders.

The personal computer, invented in the 1980s, had limited use until the 1990s, when the advent of the Internet and the World Wide Web opened up the possibility of genuine personal computing. Yet today the PC has already become rather ‘last-century’ as it cedes territory to the touchscreen tablet and smartphone. 22 Future Work The first generation of cellular mobile phones was launched in the 1980s, but it was not until the 1990s, when digital networks arrived, that usage really took off. Then, in 2002, with the first 3G networks, it became practical to use cell phones for surfing the Internet and sending emails.

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