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The Future of Work: Attract New Talent, Build Better Leaders, and Create a Competitive Organization Hardcover – August 25, 2014
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"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."
"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."
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.
"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
"Jacob's book is invaluable for organizations striving to provide effective environments for tomorrow's workforce."
"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
The world of work is changing and many organizations are struggling to adapt. In the Future of Work Jacob has outlined what organizations can do to remain relevant and competitive."
"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
"Jacob's book shows why and how the future of work work compels a commitment to create a new type of organization."
From the Inside Flap
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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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.