I was sent this study yesterday from the Career Innovation Group, the company that wrote the most recent BT social media case study. It’s a Manifesto for the new Agile Workplace (link downloads 1MB pdf file) which I think makes an enormous amount of sense.
I notice it was produced in partnership with BT, but I had nothing to do with it personally.
Apart from revealing some shocking dissatisfaction levels among knowledge workers, it offers six ways to create an agile workplace. These are:
- work should be defined in roles that play to people’s strengths
- most employers don’t need exclusive control
- design learning into work
- define work in projects, not weeks or years
- work comitments can be fitted to phase of life
- we can choose where we work most productively.
OK … these may not all be new concepts, but together they paint a very powerful picture of how work could, and in my view, should be.