Very soon after joining 90 Digital I realised that it is in our DNA as a company to very often geek out about the future, the opportunities it creates and the challenges it brings. Conversations about disrupting technologies, emerging trends or changing dynamics always get us very excited and spark very interesting conversations between us.
Within the talent team, future of work has always been of very high importance, as it helps us shape new processes and adopt new ways of working for the company. During the past year, this helped us bring the future closer to us and shape our remote, distributed & autonomous way of working – something that we are improving day by day.
Since staying up to date with the latest ideas and research related to ‘the future of work’, in this post we’re putting together our list of books and favourite go-to platforms around the web to get informed and inspired about workplace trends and the future of organisations.
Digital platforms we’ve bookmarked:
- World Economic Forum, ‘Employment and Skills’ section – thought-provoking information about the world of work, put in the context of economic and social changes that society is facing today. Analysing both the public and the private sectors, it helps bring the bigger picture into the ‘Future of work’ discussion
Highlight article: What skills does the future workforce need?
- Singularity Hub, ‘The Future of Work’ series – one our favourite websites to watch in this space. In pure Singularity Hub style, this series of articles tackles the changes that technology will bring into the workplace – from artificial intelligence to machine learning and automation processes. Whether or not one agrees with the ideas behind many of the articles, they will prove at least challenging and help ask ‘what if?’. As for the comment section of each article? As good as it gets, with most of the comments are supported by data and strong arguments.
Highlight article: Should we redesign capitalism to address our jobless future?
- Designmind’s ‘Future of work’ collection – A fresh and engaging collection of articles
about the complex aspects of the world of work, as seen through the eyes of technologists, strategists and designers.
Highlight article: Knowledge workers need an industrial revolution
- Medium’s ‘Work futures’ publication – a curated list of articles written by futurists interested in the changing realities of the work environments. In addition, Medium’s own organizational culture and way of work is put under spotlight through a few of Andy Doyle’s posts.
Highlight article: The new aesthetics of work
- Fast Company, ‘The Future of Work’ section – insightful articles from one of the world’s most important online outlet of entrepreneurship-related news
Highlight article: 5 Major Ways Freelancers Will Change the Economy by 2040
Books we loved reading:
- The year without pants, Scott Berkun
In one of the first books to speak about the culture and design principles of a remote-working company, Scott Berkun writes about his experiences as part of the distributed Automattic team (the company behind the WordPress platform).
The book excels at providing insights about the everyday dynamics within the organisation, from project management and leadership aspects to communication principles and face-to-face meetings.
- Remote: Office not Required, Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
This book, coming from the founders of 37 Signals, explores the ‘work from home’
phenomenon that has become so popular lately. Talking about both the advantages and the disadvantages of virtual workplaces, they show step by step how a remote work environment can be built.
The book might bring even greater value to employees considering remote work as it gives them a good feel of what they should expect from a remote-working company.
- Reinventing organisations, Frederic Laloux
In one of the best organisation design and management book of the past few years, Frederic Laloux describes the framework needed for organizations to grow and adapt to work in complex and environments. Focusing his work around the idea of the TEAL model, he defines his concept from through 3 characteristics: self-management, wholeness, evolutionary purpose.
Having analysed a big number of successful organizations, Laloux chose a few of them to use as examples in his book. Worth mentioning are Morning Star, Patagonia and, our favourite, Buurtzorg and each of them prove very insightful into the lives of TEAL organizations, describing both what has and hasn’t worked for them on the path to transforming the way they work for the better.
What other suggestions do you have for us? What other platforms should we have our eyes on? What books should we be reading about the organization of the future?