The freelance economy continues to grow but there would be no growth if companies around the world didn’t tap into this on-demand workforce. This isn’t a movement that can simply be started by people who want to become independent, it requires two sides to come together; organizations that need on-demand labor and on-demand professionals who need the organizations to get gigs. This is one of the trends that I’m most excited about over the next 5-10 years, and it will dramatically disrupt how we work and how companies innovate and compete in the future of work! […]
Fostering Innovation: Mars Drinks’ Coffee Shop Culture
My guest this week on the Future of Work podcast is Xavier Unkovic, Global President at Mars Drinks. Mars Drinks is a segment of the global Mars brand, which focuses specifically on drinks such as coffees, teas and the like. You may wonder why a beverage company is so interested in the future of work, but Mars Drinks is 100% focused on the workplace. The focus of this podcast with Xavier is how to create a culture of innovation, and we take a closer look at what Mars Drinks is doing including the creation of “coffee shop culture.” […]
What Is An Employee?
Simple question, but how would you answer it? If you look up “employee” in the dictionary you find: “a person who works for another person or for a company for wages or a salary.” Synonyms include: cog, servant, and slave. This is how we have built our organizations, on this […]
5 Outdated Workplace Practices That Are On Their Way Out!
The workplace is changing and as a result many organizations are thinking of new ways that they can empower employees to get their jobs done. As with any type of evolution the things that aren’t effective die out and are replaced by something else. In this episode of the #futurein5 I wanted to share 5 workplace practices that I see dying out over the next few years. […]
The Transformation of T-Mobile: Re-engineering HR for the Future of Work
For anyone interested in getting a first-hand perspective on how an organization is actually transforming and thinking about the future of work, this is an especially exciting and fascinating episode of the Future of Work podcast. My guest is Ben Bratt, VP of HR, Talent and Organizational Capabilities at T-Mobile. T-Mobile is undergoing a radical transformation. They are all over the news with their Uncarrier strategy, and their new CEO, John Legere, has a dynamic and unconventional personality in the media. The company is virtually unrecognizable from where it was five to ten years ago. Now, a lot of what consumers are seeing is the front-end transformation, but what most people don’t realize is there is actually quite a lot that T-Mobile is doing internally. In fact, T-Mobile has completely re-invented HR from the ground up. […]
3 Steps To Building An Awesome Personal Brand
This episode of The Future In 5 is about what makes a personal brand. Why are some personal brands successful and others not so successful? I’ve come to the conclusion that there are only three steps you need in order to build your personal brand ─ consistency, frequency, and visibility.
Make No Mistake, You’re In A Relationship With The Company You Work For
Just like in our personal lives there are a few things that make our company relationships successful. However, keep in mind that this relationship is a two-way street. If you want to be able to get things then you must also be willing to give things. In the context of a business setting this means doing a good job. Here are five things to keep in mind when trying to create a successful relationship with the company you work for. […]
Holacracy: What, How and Why
I’m really excited about this episode of the Future of Work podcast. My guest is Brian J. Robertson who actually created Holacracy, a new management and organizational structure; and is the author of Holacracy: The New Management System for a Rapidly Changing World. Holacracy has been in the news quite a bit as it pertains to Zappos’ radical shift to this new organizational structure. There has been quite a bit of confusion and discussion around Holacracy, so I thought this would be an ideal time to speak to its creator to find out what is Holacracy, how it works and why it should be considered. […]
The Highest Rated CEOs In 2015
I’m a big fan of Glassdoor, the company that provides an amazing level of transparency into what it’s like to work at various organizations. You can get salary information, honest employee reviews, information on the corporate culture, and much more. Glassdoor also has an amazing amount of data and information on what makes a great place to work and what employees care about. Think of it a bit like Yelp for people searching for jobs. They also release their annual “best place to work award” which looks at employee review data to see which companies have the most highest rated employee reviews. Recently Glassdoor released their highest rated CEOs list for 2015 which I wanted to share with you here. […]
What’s The Purpose Of An Office And Do We Need Them?
All the conversations related to the future of work these days seem to be pointing towards the end of offices. Yet we have organizations all over the world like Google, Apple, Samsung, Facebook, and many others who are investing countless dollars into creating new amazing office spaces. So if the future of work is all about not having an office, then why are so many companies investing in new office spaces? […]