Sunday, 2 September 2007

The future of work

One of last month's most important pieces of writing was Business Week's articles on the future of work. Definitely worth reading.

Key findings:

1. An impossible 90% of respondents believe they're in the top 10% of performers (where does this leave the policy of robust feedback in performance management?).



2. The rise of the CEO's role as Casting Agent:

"You think "people are our greatest asset" is an overused bromide today, just wait. The talent war is only expected to worsen as boomers begin retiring en masse and emerging-markets managers remain scarce. CEOs who can retain the best people and deploy them adeptly will be hot commodities."


3. Young execs and managers are far less likely than their elders to put work first in their lives or to be content with their bosses (how quickly are organisations going to need to change in response? Disappointingly, not that much according to Business Week that sees the command and control focused Organisation Man in charge for some time to come).

But what's behind this one?

A higher proportion of younger people believe that employees get away with murder when they work from home, perhaps agreeing with Boris Johnson that working from home is a euphemism for sloth, apathy, staring out of the window and random surfing of the internet.


Why is it that a higher proportion of younger people feel this way? Any thoughts?