Crisis often brings out both the best and the worst in us

But it does one thing very effectively… it forces us to revisit the ways we do things. It also gets us to pull together to achieve these things in timescales which would be inconceivable pre-crisis.

We have no idea how, or when, this will end, but it’s created a future that is up for grabs. We’ve had to radically rethink the ways we live and work, and now it’ll be about whether we continue to work this way or revert back.

The digital revolution, Coronavirus pandemic, climate emergency, and the economic crisis have all sown the seeds of change. As Professor Andrew Scott from London Business School says:

“The industrial revolution was the last major change in how we structured time and how we structured work. Before the industrial revolution, there wasn’t a place of work and a home, they were blended together. With the industrial revolution we defined “working time” and that meant that we also defined “leisure” time. The weekend is a relatively modern invention”.

The last major global crisis – the financial crash of 2008 – didn’t change the world, but this one could! This paper considers the impact of all these things on the future of the workplace.

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