Future of Work Agenda Newsletter: May 2010

This is the May 2010 issue of our free monthly newsletter, Future of Work Agenda. We welcome comments on any of these articles. You can also access the newsletter directly on our website, at this link.

We like to slow down a bit in the summer—but it ain’t gonna happen this year. If anything, we’re feeling the pace of business—and life—accelerating beyond imagination. [continue reading...]

Future of Work Agenda Newsletter: April 2010

This is the April 2010 issue of our free monthly newsletter, Future of Work Agenda. We welcome comments on any of these articles. You can also access the newsletter directly on our website, at this link.

Spring is sprung, as they say. All the economic signs are pointing to brighter days ahead, though the brightness may take longer to arrive than most of us would like. [continue reading...]

Raising the Bar on Flexible Work

Just found a very compelling report on the role that flexible work has in supporting corporate agility and strategic flexibility. It’s a new report prepared by Sandy Burud, Ph.D, of Flexpaths, a firm we know and have had many conversations with.

There’s a brief summary of the research and the report on the Sloan Work and Family Network website (which I found via twitter – @sloannetwork). [continue reading...]

Going Mobile Overnight: Business Continuity Insurance

This is a reprint of the Compass article from our September Future of Work Agenda newsletter. We are reproducing it here to call attention to the importance of preparing for the upcoming flu season in North America, and the value of having a flexible/mobile work program as a means of coping with a pandemic.

By Jim Ware and Charlie Grantham

It’s fall here in North America, and the flu season is upon us. Most of us know there’s a greater risk than normal this year because of the H1N1 virus, commonly known as Swine Flu. Clearly, we all hope it won’t turn into a pandemic, but that possibility remains very real.

However, this isn’t a plea for you to get a flu shot (though you should, and we certainly plan to). Rather, it’s a reminder that unlikely but possible events like a pandemic, a hurricane, an earthquake, a transit strike, or—heaven help us—a terrorist attack could play havoc with your business. As Alvin Toffler pointed out many years ago, it’s those low probability/high impact external events that can create genuine “future shock” if you haven’t included them in your thinking.

While many organizations do have detailed business continuity and risk abatement plans, our experience suggests that very few of those plans include the best response of all:  a remote/mobile work program.

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C.K. Prahalad Discovers Corporate Agility

I was very pleased to read C.K. Prahalad’s back-page commentary in the September 21 issue of Business Week (“In Volatile Times, Agility Rules“).

The message is a basic one:  when the future is uncertain, you’ve got to be able to shift both your strategy and your operations in a nanosecond.

. . . Terrorism and pandemics pose threats of major disruptions.

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Dilbert on Why Working at Home is More Productive

Had to chuckle when I saw this in today’s paper:

Not much more to say – Scott Adams is usually spot on. [continue reading...]

Are You a Digital Nomad?

Here’s a rare chance for me to give you tomorrow’s news today. There’s a good article in tomorrow morning’s Washington Post (July 26, 2009) about the rise of “digital nomads,” otherwise known as mobile workers.

The article (“Digital Nomads Ditch Cubes for Diners and Pool Decks“), by Michael Rosenwald, opens this way:

Frank Gruber’s workstation at AOL in Dulles could be in any cubicle farm from here to Bangalore — push-pin board for reminders, computer on Formica desk, stifling fluorescent lighting.

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Online Collaboration Tools – Changing the Future of Work

TechWebinarMaven has just published a nice short piece about how the nature of work is changing – due in large part to the increasing availability and power of online collaboration tools (“Online Collaboration Tools Will Change Work Forever“).

Of course, I’m a little biased, as the article cites the webinar that Charlie Grantham, Eric Bensley (of Citrix Online), and I presented for Citrix Online a couple of weeks ago (“Keeping Your Team Connected in an Online Environment“). [continue reading...]

July/August Issue of Future of Work Agenda Newsletter

[This newsletter is being emailed to registered subscribers today, July 7. We are reproducing it here for your convenience. The newsletter is also available through our website at this link. You can subscribe to the newsletter here; we produce 11 issues a year, every month except August. The newsletter is free and will remain so as long as possible.] [continue reading...]

Listen to a Recording of our Webinar on Connected Teams

As I had previously announced, Charlie Grantham and I led a one-hour webinar for Citrix Online on Wednesday, June 24. Our topic was “Keeping Your Team Connected in a Distributed Workplace.”

The webinar was actually hosted by James Hilliard of BNet, and also featured Eric Bensley of Citrix Online.

A full audio plus graphics recording of the entire webinar is now available for your viewing/listening pleasure. [continue reading...]