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How to Thrive in the Future of Work

Submitted by on February 27, 2015 – 3:17 pm |

“People make decisions today based on their understanding of what the future holds. If we change their visions of the future, we change the way they make decisions today.”
— Thomas Frey, The DaVinci Institute

Understanding what the Future of Work holds in store is the premise behind a series of events being run by the organisers of OMN London, a community for digital professionals based in London, over the next few months. Attendees will be hearing from experts and visionaries and exploring their expectations around how technology and cultural changes are affecting the basic model for how we provide for ourselves financially and live our lives.

Why is it important to understand The Future of Work?

A personal context:

In 2002, just 13 or so years ago, when I moved to London from Glasgow as a fresh-faced-ish arts graduate, life as an employee was very different from what it is today.

Getting up early on Wednesdays to get a copy of Loot and apply for the few decent jobs and flats was par for the course in 2002

Getting up early on Wednesdays to get a copy of Loot and apply for the few decent jobs and flats was par for the course in 2002

I had to use an offline newspaper to find a flat and a job. My CV was photocopied rather than printed. It was a happy day when I got my first job in advertising, but I didn’t have, or expect, a computer. The fax machine was how businesses communicated in writing. I could smoke at my desk. The work week was 9–6, Mon-Fri, an immutable fact carved in stone. And there was absolutely no concept of “working from home”, which would have sounded totally paradoxical. Personal and Professional lives were completely separate… Even taking a personal call during the day was a rushed, whispered affair, clearly frowned upon by management.

How things have changed!

These days I work to a model that more and more people are adopting, and it is one which, in my opinion, represents a clear sign as to the direction of the Future of Work…


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