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The New World of Work

In this issue

This series looks at how we will work in the future, and asks what needs to be done to meet the demands of the 21st-century office

Cloud computing cuts start-up costs

Renting servers by the hour or megabyte removes barriers to entry, making it vastly easier for entrepreneurs to launch, and expand, an online business

The knowledge economy is the shape of things to come

Economist Will Hutton discusses unemployment, the changing social contract and fair pay for executives


The most interesting change has been the acknowledgement of the importance of spaces that foster informal encounters and exchanges
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Tools and management ideas that have shaped the way we work

So near and yet so far

Technology is not only making remote working a reality, it is also altering the way companies recruit and manage staff

Freelance future will benefit skilled workers

A global, ‘virtual’ labour market is close to becoming a reality, but this will put many people in traditional jobs at a disadvantage

Turning retirement into age management

Increased longevity will create a social revolution, changing the concept of a pension into a staged process that includes part-time work

Part two

India supplies the workforce of the world

Large disparities in the country’s skill levels are driving changes in domestic employment patterns and also influencing international trends

Anywhere, anytime: the future of employment is flexible

Traditional office culture is being replaced by more pliable arrangements – and delivering business benefits

woman with time card

Beyond nine to five

In general, the European Working Time Directive has not had a big influence on the UK – and both employers and employees are happy with the arrangement


Globalisation: one size does not fit all

Far from turning employees into clones, successful modern multinationals encourage individuality and value local knowledge

American Gothic

Fusing labour and leisure

Is the Protestant work ethic relevant in the digital age?

Part One

Slaves to technology

Work has changed in many ways, not all of them good. Hopefully, the best is yet to come

What comes first, the tool or the task?

The internet is flooded with technologies looking for a use

The pros and cons of networking

Usefulness depends on the will of the organisation

Social networks bring speed and challenge to companies

Electronic groups can be highly effective but should not replace traditional communications

Timeline: the making of the modern office

The tools and management ideas that have shaped the way we work

Businesses face the generation challenge

Different tools favoured by varying age groups