Holiday Monday Round-up: Articles on the future of work
Happy Labour Day!
Take a coffee break and put your feet up - this won’t take longer than 15 minutes. ;)
Today is a celebration of workers' rights, specifically the 8 hour work day, established in 1894. Funny: 125 years later, most of us still work from 9-5.
Here's my prediction: the same-old same-old is not long for this world, friends. Things are changing - quickly.
The future is bright….
Gone are the days of secretaries in tight skirts that fetch coffee. As far as I can tell, the old rules (think mad men) are firmly out, while new boundaries are being constantly challenged.
Upending gender norms and defining unacceptable behaviour in the workplace have precipitated new social movements (or perhaps vice-versa). Well known examples include, me too, time's up and Gloria Stienem's feminist leadership & activism.
And just like gender issues, social issues are coming to the fore.
According to Forbes, people want to work for values driven companies (and they're not just talking about millennials for once).
Back in June, I was inspired by Dan Pink's book, To Sell is Human, and wrote my own article on the future of work. I talk about different types of employment, and why the non-traditional is becoming more and more mainstream.
Goop published an interesting article on the future of flexible work. In it, Sophie Wade, founder of Flexel Network shares her story, emphasizing that employers need to adapt now or be left behind.
Seth Godin says the landscape is changing. HR is broken - we should both be and cultivate teachers and leaders instead. Read it here.
This happens to be one of Seth's favourite topics - here he is on Jacob Morgan's podcast talking about developing yourself, how to hire and what work is going to look like in the future.
Jacob Morgan is pretty prolific himself. Here, the self-proclaimed futurist and expert on the future of work, ranks the employee experience across hundreds of companies.
Have you come across any outstanding articles or books re: the future of work? Please send my way!
PS - The best book I read this summer is Whisper Network: A Novel by Harper Baker. It's a socially relevant, highly entertaining page-turner (that even involves a murder!). I recommend!
PPS - To the Gretchen Rubin & Elizabeth Craft lovers, Happier podcast is probably going to do something for Labour Day so keep an eye out :)