The Future of Work: Attract New Talent, Build Better Leaders, and Create a Competitive Organization by Jacob Morgan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The future of work discusses how the nature of organizations and the way we work is changing. The book starts with broad trends – changing people expectations, technology, new generation workforce, and globalization.
The changing roles and expectations from employees and managers is discussed at length. There are several examples quoted of organizations who now allow their employees to work from home, design their own work, and work at their preferred times. Such trends will only grow stronger. Managers needing to listen more, empower more and serve as guides rather than command and control. Freelancers are becoming more common is emerging as another growing trend.
Technology trends such as use of cloud, social media, collaboration tools, and robotics is covered in summary. I did like the mention that though robots will take over some jobs, some mundane jobs were designed for robots in the first place!
The book does well to provide a view of what many leading organizations are doing or trying out today. However, the disappointment is that these are current trends and do not really discuss at any length the future even 5 years later. For instance, the impact of technology especially robotics and how people’s jobs will change, what technologies are expected to become mainstream etc.
I would still recommend the book to understand general trends, and understand what practices are seeing early adoption.
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