Future Friday: A thought for the day

“The workplace has always been a fluid concept, from factories and workshops, to offices and coffee shops. This trend of a workplace being anything anywhere, according to the needs of the times, is set to continue – with the virtual office simply the next logical step.” -Paul Clarke, Head of UK at unified communications provider, …

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Future Friday: Will the daily commute always be there?

I do a webinar on the subject of telecommuting, where I extol the virtues of telecommuting. At one time telecommuting seemed to be the major trend of the “future of work.” However, with recent moves by IBM, Yahoo, Honeywell and Aetna to make employees come back to the office, one might wonder if telecommuting will …

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Future Friday: The future is in understanding people’s experiences

“Our ability to understand people’s experiences will be key to the future of our companies” so said Mike Walsh, the CEO of Tomorrow, a global consultancy on designing companies for the 21st century. For Walsh the workplace of the future is not one where people have been displaced, rather they are where data and culture …

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Future Friday: Can you develop the skill of envisioning the future?

On the way to work have you ever thought about a conversation you are going to have later in the day? You thought about how it would likely go, but then also thought of another direction or two the conversation could take? If you have then you have the beginning skill of what it takes …

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Future Friday: How do you plan for jobs that don’t yet exist?

I came across an interesting article entitled Check out these 10 jobs of the future written by Gordon Hunt for the website SiliconRepublic. He talked about the report put out by Microsoft and The Future Laboratory. Both were an interesting read. All 10 of these jobs are conjectured to be jobs of the future, some …

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Future Friday: The Rise of Virtual Reality

The subject of virtual reality has come up in a number of discussions lately. I was interviewed by a writer on the use of virtual reality (VR) in the workplace. I have noticed a commercial that shows a doctor studying a VR image of a heart on his way to surgery. There have been stories …

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