Future Work: Changing organizational culture for the new by Alison Maitland

By Alison Maitland

The approach we paintings is past due for switch. This newly up to date consultant to the demanding situations you'll face within the twenty first century global of labor units out a compelling case for swap in organizational cultures and dealing practices to spice up output, reduce charges, provide staff extra freedom over how they paintings and give a contribution to a greener economy.

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Christine Lagarde, managing director of the IMF and former French finance minister, is a strong advocate of more power for women, and she also argues for a more responsible, equitable approach to global finance. ‘We need a financial sector that is accountable to the real economy – one that adds value, not destroys it,’ she told the 2013 World Economic Forum annual meeting. 25 A fresh approach to leadership is essential if organizations are to break free from the old rules of work. In our research for this book, we found a growing band of women and men who have had the courage to challenge and change these rules, not only by encouraging future work in their teams but also by remodeling their own career and work patterns.

They now have over 100 self-employed lawyers who have autonomy to work the way they choose, and LOD acts as the link with the client. ‘It’s not an agency, it’s a different way of working,’ explains Harper. ‘For us it’s about being a hub between the lawyers and the clients. Our relationship with the lawyers is a business one. ’ Initially, they expected the interest to come from female lawyers with young children, but they quickly found they appealed to a much wider group. Harper’s view is that having children is just one catalyst that makes people stop and think about how they are running their lives.

In Chapter 9, we guide organizations on how to put this approach into practice. Leadership from the top is crucial, so it is important for senior management to understand and commit to the business case for change in their organization. Managing by results, rather than micromanaging the hours people work, is another key step for organizations to take. Anand Pillai, senior vice president at HCL Technologies, the Indian IT services company that advocates putting employees first, says that it is an insult to their intelligence to recruit and train the best people and then tell them what to do.

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