Rethinking Work

Editor’s note: How far have we come since the introduction of scientific approaches to management asks Barry Schwarz. Does this piece resonate with performance management thinking? It feels like it does – are we making work efficient at the expense of purpose and personal fulfillment?

The on-demand economy: Workers on tap

Editor’s note: Society ‘is increasingly being divided between people who have money but no time and people who have time but no money. The on-demand economy provides a way for these two groups to trade with each other.’ This line sums up the article, which explores how the on-demand economy will impact all of us – whether we work in it it now or not.

Why carving out 5 hours every day for difficult work can lead to greatness

Editor’s note: An article sparked by Mason Curry’s book Daily Rituals: How Artists Work. The message here is: to be great at what you do you must put yourself outside of your comfort zone and for quite a few hours a day.

In the future will we be working for an algorithm?

Editor’s note: Write up of a panel debate at last month’s SXSW V2V entitled the “Future of Work: Evolve or go Extinct”. Like this line: ‘The winners are those who can learn fast, have a strong network and the best online reputation.’

Enterprise Community Management: “joining up” learning and working

Editor’s note: Jane Hart explores how enterprise community management can help bring learning and work together.

Organisational agility at the Future of Work Lab

Editor’s note: A report on an organisational agility masterclass at the Future of Work Lab in London. The focus is on a talk by Lynda Gratton on the need for agility and how to become agile by learning to experiment and harnessing the crowd.

Is the role of education to make young people work ready or is to inspire their curiosity?

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In this guest post, Claire Walsh asks about the real purpose of education . . .   In the last few weeks I’ve come across a number of articles, reports and discussions about the relationship between education and work.  Some, such as Lord Heseltine in his report  No stone unturned in pursuit of growth (October […]

Happiness at work depends on a good salary, but also on how much colleagues earn

Editor’s note: Researchers show that an important factor in happiness at work is not how much you earn but how what you earn compares to your peers.

What successful people do with the first hour of their work day

Editor’s note: This list may seem counter-intuitive but it is worth a read. The likes of Tony Robbins and Craig Newmark – founder of Craiglist – share their tips on the best way to start the working day. Hint: it does not include reading email.

The role of the enterprise learning community manager

Editor’s note: In this post, Jane Hart, founder of the Social Learning Centre, maps out what a learning community manager does, and could do, and why organisations should be looking to evolve the more traditional role of the training manager.