From one of the foremost thinkers in business and organization, a deeply researched examination on the true future of work

The world of work is shifting to become a Nowhere Office faster than anyone could imagine. The pandemic has accelerated shifts caused by increased automation and the 4th Industrial Revolution, and perhaps as much as one third of the world’s permanent workforce will become remote-based; where offices as we know it will need to be repurposed for less and different kinds of occupancy; where the challenges of managing ‘WFH’ teams multiply, and where the idea of ‘Purpose’ itself – of meaningful work – begins to take center stage. This book takes the view that these changes are irreversible to some degree and yet should be broadly welcomed as a moment to improve on the failures of the workplace.  

The Nowhere Office is an analysis of this pivotal moment in the history of work. Julia Hobsbawm, a leading voice on the social health of businesses offers a strategic and practical guide, voicing the problems that beset work –the endemic stagnant productivity and stress crisis that predated the pandemic – and asks: isn’t now the time to develop something better, something more meaningful, something more workable?

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“A tour de force of insight, clarity and . . . common sense.”—Adrian Wooldridge, global business columnist, Bloomberg
“Where else are you going to find such enlightening insights into the future of work?”—James Bell, VP, Pew Research Center
“A masterful analysis of the reinvention of work in a post-office world.”—Andrew Keen, author of How to Fix the Future
“Julia Hobsbawm is brilliant at seeing tomorrow’s ideas today.”—Joy Lo Dico, columnist, Financial Times
“Even-handed and sensible appraisal of the future of work. . . A priceless injection of nuanced thinking and practical suggestions.”—Rory Sutherland, vice chairman, Ogilvy UK
The Nowhere Office brilliantly captures the zeitgeist issue of our times—how and where we work.”—Ayesha Hazarika, journalist and broadcaster, Times Radio
“Every manager or leader who is wondering what to do next about their offices and people needs to read The Nowhere Office.”—Ben Page, Global CEO, ISPOS
“We need big bold thinkers like Julia Hobsbawm right now more than ever.”—Polly Mackenzie, chief executive, Demos
“The pandemic has changed the way we work. Julia Hobsbawm’s The Nowhere Office makes the case for embracing the opportunities this brings.”—Financial Times, “The books to read in 2022”
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