Work in the future

A few headlines

  • We’ve been describing work as a place we go to for hundreds of years
  • We are still «going to work» today but times are changing
  • Work won’t be a single location anymore
  • Work will be tasks to be accomplished
  • People will be working apart — together
  • Control will be replaced by a culture of trust

If these sound interesting, you should read The remote manager’s toolkit.

Additionally: Marieke Guy’s blog Ramblings of a Remote Worker.

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One Reply to “Work in the future”

  1. «Control will be replaced by a culture of trust»

    Hmm… I copy from http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MC.2008.296

    When the distance between the two markets precluded daily contact, merchants employed other strategies to manage their business. They looked for partners who could be trusted with resources and would reliably report the business conditions in the distant market.

    “Well into the nineteenth century,” wrote the business historian James Beniger, merchants managed their distant operations with “whatever communication they could manage, which usually meant hiring and distributing family members in key commercial centers,” relying on “a traditional code of family and commercial ‘honor’.”

    Sons could often be loyal representatives in distant centers, as they stood to inherit the accumulated wealth. However, they could easily have a sense of entitlement that caused them to challenge their father’s leadership or even to squander their inheritance in riotous living. Impoverished nephews were better, as they had fewer options for independent action. Ambitious sons-in-law were often the preferred representatives, as their loyalty was ensured by the wife and children who remained at home.

    So it seems it is going to be 19th century all over again :)

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