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How the Future Works: Leading Flexible Teams to Do the Best Work of Their Lives

Brian Elliott, Sheela Subramanian, Helen Kupp

"The pace of change in the way that we work is accelerating faster than what leaders ever imagined possible. What felt like radical shifts driven by the pandemic ended up being the beginning of empowering individuals to do their best work while also leading better lives. But achieving true flexibility -- not only in where but critically when people work -- requires overcoming decades of reflexes leaders have built up around "the right way to work" based on 9-to-5 days full of meetings in office buildings.

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Book Information

Publisher: Wiley
Publish Date: 05/17/2022
Pages: 240
ISBN-13: 9781119870951
ISBN-10: 111987095X
Language: English

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June 01, 2022

The Competitive Advantage of Flexible Work

By Brian Elliott, Sheela Subramanian, Helen Kupp

Because it has a positive effect on common business challenges, like recruiting and retention; because it leads to happier, less stressed, and more engaged employees; because of these things and more, flexible work, when done right, quite simply drives better business results. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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November 17, 2022

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Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today Bestseller

Unlock the power of flexible work with this practical "how-to" guide from the leadership of Slack and Future Forum

The way we work has changed. The era of toiling from nine-to-five, five-days-a-week in the office is now a relic of the past, and is being replaced by a better way--flexible work. But flexibility means a lot more than a day or two a week to "work from home" 93% of your employees want more flexibility in when, not just where, they work. They want choice and they are leaving their roles to find it. The most successful leaders will go much further than offering occasional remote workdays--they will redesign every aspect of how work gets done, from defining how they measure organizational success to training their managers to make it happen.

How the Future Works: Leading Flexible Teams to Do The Best Work of Their Lives offers a blueprint for using flexible work to unlock the potential of your people. The book offers the steps necessary to building the new principles and guardrails to empower flexible, high-performing teams. And it teaches readers to lead with purpose, to manage and measure differently, and to believe that by letting go, they'll get more back than they thought possible.

How the Future Works explains how to:

  • Establish leadership principles, commitments, and outcomes for truly flexible teamwork
  • Measure and assess productivity in a flexible workplace
  • Reskill managers to ensure a level playing field for all employees
  • Implement the infrastructure necessary to make flexible work successful

Using original research from Future Forum, a consortium by Slack, and global case studies from leading companies such as Levi Strauss & Co., Genentech, Royal Bank of Canada, and IBM, How the Future Works offers concrete solutions and practical steps for building high functioning teams of talented, engaged people by providing them with the flexibility and choice they need to do their best work.

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