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The future of work is an extremely broad topic to tackle. But BT and London Business School’s Future of Work (FoW) Consortium have come together to investigate some of the challenges that companies will be facing as work evolves.

Businesses are now looking at everything, from the future of office to the challenge of generation changes and attitudes to work, collaboration and technology.

One of the biggest changes of recent years is the influx into the works-place of more portable and connected technologies, the rise of internet enabled knowledge work, increased global working and the decline in the use of paper.

This means hat work is becoming untethered – we can work anywhere, at any time and potentially using any device.

However, the big question is; if technology allows us to work from anywhere, why do we still choose to sit in traffic or pack onto crowded trains for the daily rush hour commute? The anchors of traditional working practices are holding us back, despite technology offering increased choice.

In the series ‘WorkShift’ papers – investigating the future of the office, the erosion of the 9 to 5 and the evolution of collaboration – Millard investigates the implications of different, technology enabled work practices on organisational strategy.

Are we all going to be working from the office, from home or the ‘coffice’ (a more informal workspace like a coffee shop) in the the future?

Knowledge-based economy

In today’s knowledge based economy, Millard asserts, the old industrial model of predictable, repeatable tasks and top-down management control is being superseded by more flexible leadership models. in this new economy, it is recognised that knowledge creating/sharing combined with mass collaboration is vital for success.

Rise of the collaborative office

Collaboration has become the name of the game. The question is ‘Why do we go to the office now?’ The answer is to see other people. have meetings and socialise about work. When you want to do individual work, the office can be a distraction