There have been some bold claims made during 2020 regarding the future of the workplace: it will be one determined by the exercise of free choice; when we turn up it will be because we have chosen to collaborate, not to do our own individual work – we’ll do that from somewhere else; and the wellbeing of its people will replace productivity as the prime driver for organisations. Aspirational as they may be, we might instead consider them hopeful, even idealistic. Are they possible?
The three key issues are intrinsically related – choice, purpose and wellbeing. The answer to one is not necessarily the answer to another. The evidence to date certainly asserts that people want something more from their work and workplace experience than pre-Covid. Yet achieving each presents significant challenges, both as ideas in themselves and in their potential impact.
This is the first of a series of