Workplace of the Future–not (just) an office building

Future Workplace = 1 person x 6 devices @ 2/3 desk Citrix – long time supporter and enabler of future/mobile/flexible working – reckons that, by 2020, organisations will need just seven desks for every ten workers (6/10 in the UK, US, Netherlands and Singapore) as everyone adjusts to the possibilities that “workshifting” offers. Interestingly, they […]

Workplace of the Future–not (just) an office building

Future Workplace = 1 person x 6 devices @ 2/3 desk Citrix – long time supporter and enabler of future/mobile/flexible working – reckons that, by 2020, organisations will need just seven desks for every ten workers (6/10 in the UK, US, Netherlands and Singapore) as everyone adjusts to the possibilities that “workshifting” offers. Interestingly, they […]

eMigration, a Path from Austerity?

This piece from Elaine Pofeldt set me thinking.  She joins some interesting dots in her piece on The Gig Economy’s Answer to the European Debacle on Forbes.com. In some of the hardest hit economies in Europe, people are taking their talent freelance and using sites like Elance or oDesk to find international work.  Elance has […]

The History of Work

To anticipate the future, we should learn about the past. I’ve just finished reading Richard Donkin’s wonderfully crafted The History of Work.  Well-researched and beautifully written, it should be essential reading for anyone who seeks to understand work and its future.  We talk a lot about the New World of Work or the Future of […]

The Guardian’s Ill-informed Jihad

The Guardian, presumably sensing sales in popular outrage, seems determined to pursue an ill-informed Jihad against freelancers. Following its attacks on … interim managers at the ONR (24th February) consultants in local authorities (17th February) the health department (16th February) and the Student Loans Company (1st and 2nd February) … the Guardian’s latest target is […]

The Guardian’s Ill-informed Jihad

The Guardian, presumably sensing sales in popular outrage, seems determined to pursue an ill-informed Jihad against freelancers. Following its attacks on … interim managers at the ONR (24th February) consultants in local authorities (17th February) the health department (16th February) and the Student Loans Company (1st and 2nd February) … the Guardian’s latest target is […]

From Credit Crunch to Talent Crunch

Talent and Skills Shortage is the second greatest risk (after Losing Customers/Cancelled Orders) facing global business according to the recently published Lloyds Risk Index 2011. It has leapt from 22nd place in the last (2009) Index and is one of only two risks that the over 500 C-suite and board level executives surveyed felt insufficiently […]

The New Independent Workforce – Mavenlink

A nice infographic of the US world of independent professionals from Mavenlink, creators of cloud-based project management and collaboration software solutions. It’s perhaps no surprise that the best represented professions are those that have long accepted a freelance tradition such as writers and designers.  With time, I would like to see the trend for what […]

Why Hasn’t Freelancing Taken Over the World?

If freelancing is so great, why hasn’t it taken over the world? Using freelance resource – be that interim managers, contractors or  independent consultants – brings agility and flexibility to an organisation.  Rather than locking in a long-term contractual obligation to an individual, hiring an independent, sovereign professional removes the regulatory overhead of enforced tenure […]

Why Hasn’t Freelancing Taken Over the World?

If freelancing is so great, why hasn’t it taken over the world? Using freelance resource – be that interim managers, contractors or  independent consultants – brings agility and flexibility to an organisation.  Rather than locking in a long-term contractual obligation to an individual, hiring an independent, sovereign professional removes the regulatory overhead of enforced tenure […]

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