The Post-Pandemic Future of Work
Has it really been over a year since I last published a blog post? Time flies when things are busy, and it’s been one heck of a busy year. This blog has not been abandoned though. I plan on getting back to it but in the meantime, here’s a brief message of what I’ve been up to lately.
Although the past year-plus was filled with lots of new learnings I could write about, none of that seems to matter as much in the face of this pandemic. Its effect on so many businesses has been devastating, let alone the people and families permanently scarred by it. I’ve been fortunate to remain busy and safe, hunkered down in my home office.
From the beginning of the pandemic, futurists and professionals in the future of work space have been discussing its potential long term impact. Since I play in both spaces, this has been a topic that’s been top of mind for me.
Has the pandemic accelerated the future of work? In other words…
...will some of the workplace changes we expected to see in the years to come happen sooner as employers retool to better prepare themselves for a world in which pandemics could become commonplace?
Will the sudden shift to remote working across nearly every industry forever change workplace dynamics?
Will organizations become more “future-of-work-ready” as a result of all this?
There are so many questions to be asked about where things are headed.
I was planning on exploring these questions in this blog, but then an opportunity came my way to offer my thoughts in a different medium. Back in late March, Fast Future Publishing put out a call for chapters on a book they were fast-tracking about the post-pandemic world. This included, of course, the topic of organizations as an area for authors to explore. I submitted a chapter and to my delight, it was selected to be included in the book!
Titled Aftershocks and Opportunities: Scenarios for a Post-Pandemic Future, the book “draws on the expertise, insight, ambition, and vision of twenty-five future thinkers from around the world. The goal is to provide individuals, leaders, and organizations with foresight, insight, challenge, visionary thinking, and navigational guidance on what lies ahead.” I am honored to be included in this amazing global collaboration, which was launched on June 1, 2020. Both the eBook and paperback are available on Amazon or the Fast Future website linked above. Check out this video snippet of what my chapter is about.
If you’d like to hear from the different authors, check out the weekly webinars offered for free through Fast Future. I will be appearing on the Sunday, June 28 webinar to talk about my chapter. If you can’t catch that (or missed it) you can also check out my talk from the book Launch Summit (my talk starts at the 2:40 mark).
If you read the chapter or watch the video, I’d love to hear your thoughts!