Research paper: The Way We Work
9,000 knowledge workers share their insight on the jobs they do, would like to do and the workplace of the future. Download it for free here.
Work is so much more complicated today than just the hours put in during any given day. In the average office, knowledge workers – workers whose main capital is knowledge, whose job is to “think for a living” – have to contend with generational gaps, digital transformations, the on-demand economy, the fast evolving nature of work, frustrating technology and the growing realisation that many of their jobs won’t be in existence in the future.
The results of the study are really striking and, in many areas, challenge preconceived ideas about work-life balance,
the freelance economy and changing attitudes to teams. The study highlights the discrepancies between the ideal working life and the reality of knowledge workers’ day to day activities, how “the office” is changing and points out exactly how critical communication and collaboration is at both a personal and corporate level. In challenging economic circumstances and the on-going war for talent, this survey should give the global business community much to ponder when considering the future shape of their business, workplace and workforce.
The time to find New Ways to Work is upon us. As business leaders we need to start shaping our businesses, our office spaces and the communications tools within them to suit the modern knowledge worker – or stand a real risk of losing our top talent. This research serves to remind me, and us as whole, to be mindful of the power of a new digital age.