What is the best environment for someone to do their best work? To answer this question, you need to consider the following: the type of work they are doing. Is it focused work, collaborative work, relationship building, networking, learning or shallow busywork? their role in the work and in the organisation. To what degree areContinue reading “Things to consider for the best work environment”
If we’re going to Decrapify Work, it’s important to locate the crap. When I ask people, I get lots of different replies because everyone has a different personal experience. However, I have identified some common sources. 1. Bureaucracy The everyday sludge that we have to wade through simply to exist in the workplace, let alone get anythingContinue reading “Where’s the crap?”
‘Hybrid’ working won’t work. Because the future of work is not about location. Organisations are already finding out that people don’t want to come into the office nearly as much as they thought. It’s partly to do with the design of the office. It’s not really conducive to doing Zoom calls. Or to doing focusContinue reading “Hybrid working won’t work”
The daily commute is dead. When are we going to have the wake? When are we going to going to hold the inquiry into why we all did this unnecessary, expensive and destructive thing for so many years?, as someone on Twitter asked. For so long we just accepted the daily commute as some sortContinue reading “The death of the commute”
What exactly is collaboration? It seems to have adopted some Holy Grail-like quality in business and yet no-one seems to know what it means. Everyone things it’s a good thing, and we need more of it, but very few seem to know how to get more of it. Or even how much we have now.Continue reading “What is collaboration?”
The problem with future of work is like the one that faced London in the late 1800s. We are at risk of drowning in horseshit. The Great Horse Manure Crisis of 1894 is a tale about an article in The Times warning that “In 50 years, every street in London will be buried under nineContinue reading “Drowning in horseshit”
What is the point of work? We were told the answer was to earn a living. To do something meaningful. To give your life purpose. To grow and develop as a person. When I joined the workforce in the 1980s, organisations enabled their people to build a good lifestyle. They delivered on the promise. ButContinue reading “What is the point of work?”
Is “Will it work at scale?” the most stupid question in business today? Why does it need to? ‘At scale’ means employing the same uniform approach across a vast array of diversities – disciplines, divisions, countries, cultures, ideas and individuals, to name a few. It means compressing the richness of variation and difference under theContinue reading “Will it work at scale?”
Today, we are moving to ‘office-less work’. You see, we use the lens of the old to describe the new, so we’re using the old ways of working to describe the future. That why the first cars were called ‘horseless carriages’ because, well, people travelled around in a carriage but these new things didn’t haveContinue reading “Office-less work”
‘Work doesn’t work!’ Trite? Glib? Facile? Maybe. But true. “The system is broken” Trite? Glib? Facile? Maybe. But also true. So what do we do? We stop doing things that won’t fix it and start doing things that will. Things that won’t fix it – Bean bagsFree mealsFussball tablesHybrid workingWellness programmesWriting values statements on theContinue reading “Work doesn’t work”
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