Launching new framework: The Future of Work


I have been working with one of the world’s largest private companies, which is engaged in a strategy project looking at the future out to 2025. Today a key workshop for the project was run, where we refined the project process and I provided some perspectives on the future of work as input to the study.

While the future of work and organizations is one of my most important themes, I haven’t had any public summary documents on the topic. For today’s workshop and also as a first step in building out some richer frameworks, I created an overview framework on the future of work.

The framework probably needs some explanation, and I intend to both refine and provide more detailed explanations of the framework in the near future. In the meantime, here is our Beta v1 of The Future of Work framework.

Click on the image to download the full framework.

I’d love to hear any thoughts or input you have.

  • Hi Ross – interesting map up thus far. What I’d like to see in this is the barriers or enablers between each stage. For instance, Telepresence has been around for close to two decades yet remains a minor uptake in employee settings – why? (I have my strong thoughts its psychosocial in design). There’s other emerging hints like a move toward Enoughness, the ongoing development of the ‘Access to’ generation (5yrs and counting, still not formed) and more

  • Very interesting. Can I embed this in a blog, with credit and link of course?

  • I look forward to reading more about this, as I can see the usefulness of the way you’ve structured this framework left-to-right.

    I do have an initial question – is there any the significance in the way the level 3 (i.e., lowest) headings are indented? For ex., in the top left, does ‘globalised access’ precede ‘mobile work’ in some way, or is it just a layout technique?

  • Mark Leibman

    Awesome. Tying the features of the emerging landscape back to the underlying drivers–or thinking through the underlying drivers to the emerging landscape–very useful approach. Thank you.