Innovating Against All Odds: The Endlessly Adaptable Future of Work


Received wisdom isn’t what it used to be. The future will be made up of shades of grey where few things are certain and the best you can do to prepare is to be endlessly adaptable.

The Productivity Paradox and Zoom Fatigue: Why Technology Won’t Solve Our Problems


“Imagine in the physical workplace, for the entirety of an 8-hr workday, an assistant followed you around with a handheld mirror, and for every single task you did and every conversation you had, they made sure you could see your own face in that mirror” Jeremy N. Bailenson –Nonverbal Overload: A Theoretical Argument for the … Continue reading The Productivity Paradox and Zoom Fatigue: Why Technology Won’t Solve Our Problems

Why Are Remote Workers Facing Burnout?


Employee fatigue and burnout was a wellbeing concern for many employers before the pandemic, but eight months in, the problem seems to have been exacerbated by granting people the very thing they coveted the most: unlimited flexibility.

Are we experiencing the unintended consequences of working remotely?

Death By Zoom: Have We Failed The Mass Home Working Experiment?


One of the few positives of the pandemic lockdown was the opportunity to reset the way in which we spend our working day. This was the chance to prove that remote work actually works. As someone whose job it is to run workplace experiments I’d say six or seven weeks is a very good point … Continue reading Death By Zoom: Have We Failed The Mass Home Working Experiment?

Did A Virus Just Bring About The End Of The Office?


Remote work has accelerated 10 years in 10 days. The only thing that could pull people back to the office is the ego of the bad middle manager scared of losing control – Chris Herd The revolution in remote working , when it came, was peaceful. Orderly even. There was no fightback from technophobe hold-outs … Continue reading Did A Virus Just Bring About The End Of The Office?

Why Do We Hate Our Offices?


If you are working in an office today you will be interrupted – or you will interrupt yourself – every 3 minutes. And what’s worse is it will take most of us up to 23 minutes to recover from that distraction. If your boss lets you, go home. Walking out the office door is likely to be … Continue reading Why Do We Hate Our Offices?

What If We Replaced All Our Managers With Robots? 


Most of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to get their work done Peter Drucker Management is the greatest inefficiency in any organisation. Many of you will be familiar with the work of Gary Hamel , but his explanation of how management ‘spreads’ is always helpful. Typically a small organisation might start off … Continue reading What If We Replaced All Our Managers With Robots? 

Is It Time To Get Rid Of The Job Title?


Deleted my Tesla titles last week to see what would happen. I’m now the Nothing of Tesla. Seems fine so far. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 29, 2018 Last week Elon Musk dropped all job titles associated with Tesla referring to himself as CEO of nothing. Although he soon discovered that some jobs are legally required … Continue reading Is It Time To Get Rid Of The Job Title?

Continuous Partial Attention: Designing A Less Distracted Future Of Work


Calm, focused, undistracted, the linear mind is being pushed aside by a new kind of mind that wants and needs to take in and dole out information in short, disjointed, often overlapping bursts—the faster, the better – Nicholas Carr , The Shallows You’d have thought we’d have given up on the physical office by now. … Continue reading Continuous Partial Attention: Designing A Less Distracted Future Of Work

How The 9-5 Saps Our Creativity and Harms Our Productivity


From ten to eleven, have breakfast for seven; From eleven to noon, think you’ve come too soon; From twelve to one, think what’s to be done; From one to two, find nothing to do; From two to three, think it will be; A very great bore to stay till four. – A Day At The … Continue reading How The 9-5 Saps Our Creativity and Harms Our Productivity

How To Find And Nurture Digital Readiness


When someone in public service says, ‘I don’t use social media. No one wants to know what I had for breakfast!’ I hear, ‘I don’t have the vaguest interest in understanding how an increasing number of citizens get information or choose to interact.’  – Leah Lockhart What are we doing about boosting the Digital IQ … Continue reading How To Find And Nurture Digital Readiness

Why Do We Still Need Managers?


“Management is not only dysfunctional, Management is also destructive” – Companies Without Managers Last week we held the first of the Bromford  #inspiremelab sessions – where colleagues curated and then discussed provocations around the future of how we work. We covered off a range of subjects but the conversation kept coming back to that opening quote … Continue reading Why Do We Still Need Managers?

Digital Transformation is Failing. Why?


“A key reason why true mobile working isn’t being implemented is because of management culture. The case for mobile working has been proven; it is the people who are the biggest barriers.”- 2017 Deloitte Human Capital Trends report The way we work , it seems, is no longer working. What we’ve long suspected – that … Continue reading Digital Transformation is Failing. Why?

How Automation Helps Us Solve The Problems That Matter


“One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.” – Elbert Hubbard Automation gets a bad rap. The original draft of our design principles stated “Automate everything that can be automated”. People flinched – it was seen as too harsh. Mention automation and people make a mental … Continue reading How Automation Helps Us Solve The Problems That Matter