Why companies of the future will encourage employees to stay away from work

working anywhere

Many would question whether the world needs another week dedicated to raising awareness of an issue. After all, the year must already be close to full up with weeks dealing with everything from various forms of cancer to sausages and a whole lot in between. But like it or not, in the UK February 2012 [...]

From virtual offices to virtual cities

Dame Stephanie Shirley

Telecommuting or home working and its predicted rise has not materialised. A new survey by flexible workplace specialist Regus has found that only 1.6% of people who work for large employers work from home – most (63.5%) still commute to an office four or five days each week. The surprising thing is that only 1 [...]

The city gets a new lease of life

Vancouver often tops the 'liveability' index but is it really an archetype for cities of the future?

When Monocle magazine, the glossy chronicler of culture and design, published its fifth annual global “quality of life” survey in June 2011 it promised a few surprises. In truth, though, the top 10 included many favourites of previous lists. Helsinki (first this year, but fifth in the previous two); Zurich (second this time, and third [...]

7 ways more businesses will have a social purpose


Future of Business invites leading business writers and thinkers to add to some of the predictions made in this blog. Here, Jon Miller, co-author of The Business of Brands and protagonist of pro-social beliefs about the future of companies, gives his take on 7 trends likely to shape the next 10 years. 1. Social Purpose. [...]

The small needs of big companies

Cisco is hoping that Silicon Valley can be replicated in the UK

Plenty of large corporates have come to realise that they have much to gain from a thriving small business sector. Much commentary may suggest that the business world is some kind of David and Goliath fight between the nimble, customer-focused SMEs on the one hand and staid, bureaucratic organisations on the other. The reality, however, [...]

The office closes for business

Is this the future of working life?

By 2020, the business enterprise as we currently understand it – an organisation containing all the people, knowledge and other resources it needs to compete with its rivals – will probably be in marked decline. Some businesses – notably in the technology field but also in such areas as fast-moving consumer goods – are already [...]

Gold from green: environmentalism means business

Not so long ago businesses of all sorts and sizes were reluctant to think about the environmental effect of their activities. Then, a group of pioneers saw a marketing advantage in promoting themselves as environmentally friendly, usually as part of their other Corporate Social Responsibility activities. Much of the activity in this area was initially [...]


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