The Shift: The Future of Work is Already Here

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An unhysterical look at the future of employment.

We are now facing a revolution in the way we work. A substantial schism in the past which is so great that the work we do will change – possibly so that in two decades our working lives will have been so REWORKED that they are unrecognisable.

This is not just about the impact that a low carbon enonomy will have on the way we work. It is also about how the nexus of technology and globalisation will work together with demographic and societal changes to fundamentally transform much of what we take for granted about work.

Why will things change so quickly? What will these changes look like? Who will benefit and who will suffer? How do we navigate our career through these times?

Lynda Gratton, Professor at London Business School, is the perfect person to answer these questions. For the past three years she has worked with companies around the world to draw up a picture of the Future of Work.

In this book Professor Gratton looks at the forces which are changing how we work; explains the potential impact on our future working life; and gives us guidelines on how to thrive in a REWORKED world.

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‘A compendium of modern management and social science theories … the novelty of Gratton’s book is her synthesis of so many contemporary ideas about the changes to our working lives’ – FINANCIAL TIMES (book of the year)

‘Uses historical context brilliantly to put the megatrends … into perspective … simply brilliant. Inspirational and provocative’ HR MAGAZINE

‘Sensible, informative and wise’ – EASTERN DAILY PRESS

‘This book helped me think about the future from a people perspective as no other book has’ – PEOPLE MANAGEMENT

About the Author:

Lynda Gratton is Professor of Management Practice at London Business School and is the founder of the Hot Spots Movement. She has written six books and numerous academic articles and is considered one of the world's authorities on people in organizations.

She has been ranked by The Times as one of the top 20 Business Thinkers in the world today and by The Financial Times selected her as the business thinker most likely to make a real difference over the next decade. She was also in the top two of the Human Resources Magazine's "HR Top 100: Most Influential" poll and actively advises companies across the world.

In November 2010 in New York, Lynda was elected a fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources.

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