www.futureworkbook.com has reported that a revolution in work that will see many employees decide when, where and how they do their jobs could be as little as a decade away.
Successful businesses will measure and reward people by results, rather than hours, and offices will shift from being nine-to-five workplaces to meeting places.
These ideas are put forward by two visiting fellows at Cass Business School, which is part of City University London, and Henley Business School in a new book, Future Work: How Businesses Can Adapt and Thrive in the New World of Work (Palgrave Macmillan), published this month.
The book, which draws on a survey of international managers and examples of companies already making the transition, argues that a radical change in working practices will help businesses boost output, cut costs, speed access to new markets, and afford employees greater freedom.
'In the 21st century, we still cling to a rigid model of fixed working time and place better suited to the industrial age,' says Maitland, a Senior Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School. 'Long hours are often required and rewarded without any measure of the productivity involved.' 'However, there is overwhelming evidence that employees are more productive if they have greater autonomy over where, when and how they work. Trusting people to manage their own work lives, individually or in teams, pays off.'
The concept could see the traditional nine to five working day disappear and be replaced with a model that rewards people by performance and results, rather than hours worked and presence in the office. Organisations that have switched to this model benefit from higher productivity, more motivated workers, better customer service and lower costs, say the authors. The key to implementing ‘future work’ is measuring output, they say. By agreeing what needs to be achieved, managers can set their employees free from the constraints of presenteeism – the belief that they must be present in the workplace, often for long hours, regardless of whether there is work to do – and allow them to work more productively.