The way we work is changing fast; moving away from the traditional, static office structure towards an increasingly mobile and flexible workforce.
The MORI 'Captains of Industry' survey recently revealed that more than 90% of the Times Top 500 companies have employees working flexibly, whether as a member of a 'virtual' team scattered around the globe, as a sales person on the road without a fixed office, or as a teleworker who works from home.
The survey also revealed that very few of these leading organisations have any real awareness of the complex implications of this new way of working. The availability of high-quality information and advice concerning flexible working has not kept pace with the rapid growth of the phenomenon itself. Consequently, UK business is going almost blind into this new and increasingly important territory, and may be failing to fully realise the potential benefits, both for the business and for the employee.
Wirefree(TM) Working seeks to address this limiting lack of information.
The work offers an in-depth examination of all aspects of the flexible working phenomenon, from legal concerns to technology issues and from health and safety regulations to cultural and social change.
TOPICS AND AUTHORS INCLUDE:
CULTURE AND PSYCHOLOGY: How can an organisation maintain a coherent corporate culture when its workers are mobile or work from home? Issues of morale and motivation for the flexible worker, examined by James Woudhuysen.
Professor James Woudhuysen is Professor of Innovation at De Montfort University, Leicester. He advises multinationals on internet, consumer products and workplace issues. Philip Ross is editor of Unwired and CEO of Cordless Consultants, specialists in wireless technology for new workstyles.
How can organisations effectively manage widely distributed flexible workers? How should companies re-engineer management style and reward structures? Simon Caulkin answers these practical questions.
Simon Caulkin is one of the UK's leading management writers. His work appears regularly in the Observer and Management Today, as well as in a range of business publications internationally. He was named journalist of the year in 1997 by the Industrial Society.
What effect will flexible working have on the physical workplace environment?
Jeremy Myerson on the explosion in new office design and personal creativity made possible by wireless technologies.
Professor Jeremy Myerson is director of the Helen Hamlyn Research centre at the Royal College of Art, London, and the author of a number of books on workplace design, including The Creative Office (published by Lawrence King).
FINANCE AND ECONOMICS:
How can flexible working push up productivity and help win the 'war for talent'? The economics of office space, employee stress and commuting, by David Smith.
David Smith is economics editor of the Sunday Times
Enclosed with this edition of Management Today is your preview copy of Wirefree(TM) Working. To order the complete edition of Wirefree(TM) Working, priced at pounds 24.99, please call 0800 079 8079 or visit www.orange.co.uk/management.