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© Working the Future Ltd. 2016-2024. Limited company no. 10512378 registered in England and Wales

 Registered office address: 42 Longfield Drive, Amersham, Buckinghamshire, HP6 5HE, United Kingdom

Working the Future, the Working the Future logotype and the arrowhead device are all registered trademarks of Working the Future Ltd.

Working the Future our sustainability diary

 

If you’ve had a mooch through our website, by now you will have noticed we’re a caring bunch. We care deeply about how humans experience work and the bearing their environment has on their ability to flourish and achieve their potential. We also care deeply about the state of our planet.

 

The climate emergency is one of the ten trends we track in our annual Foresight Focus report – it has massive bearing on how we will work in the future. Whether big business likes it or not, we anticipate distributed working as being a key feature of organisational resilience in the future of work.

 

Having been around the block a bit, we’ve seen just how extrapolative and mercenary some organisations can be. We also grew up with role models like Anita Roddick, founder of the Body Shop, Julian Richer, founder of Richer Sounds, and Guy Watson, founder of Riverford Organic showing how business can step up and act as a force for good in the world. 

 

We want Working the Future to be a force for good in the world, and we take our responsibility of ethical leadership seriously.

 

This page is dedicated to our sustainability journey. Sustainability isn’t a destination or tick-list item. It’s about how we show up each day to make sure we leave the world a better place than we found it. We’ve deliberately set this page up as a diary, so we can update it each time we do something positive for our business ecosystem. We hope you find it useful and inspiring. 

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NURTURING HUMAN-FIRST WORKSPACES IN THE AGE OF AI
Blog, EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT, RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION, FUTURE OF WORK, AI, DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION, HUMAN-CENTRED LEADERSHIP,

NURTURING HUMAN-FIRST WORKSPACES IN THE AGE OF AI

Dr Naeema Pasha

2024-06-06 11:24

How can we understand ‘humanness’ in the context of an increasingly artificially intelligent world, and what lessons can we draw on from our human past?

Meet the bank boss who gets the value of WFH
Head Kandi, HYBRID WORK, EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT, RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION, FUTURE OF WORK, POSITIVE WORKPLACE CULTURE, WORKLIFE BLEND, REMOTE WORK, WORKING FROM HOME,

Meet the bank boss who gets the value of WFH

Admin

2024-06-04 13:42

Santander UK boss Mike Regnier gets that he and his colleagues don't need to be in the office five days a week...

The rise of 'quiet vacationing'
Head Kandi, EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT, RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION, FUTURE OF WORK, POSITIVE WORKPLACE CULTURE, MULTIGENERATIONAL DYNAMICS, WORKLIFE BLEND,

The rise of 'quiet vacationing'

Admin

2024-06-04 12:17

The rise of under-the-radar downtime to get your work-life blend right...

Welcome to the age of ‘loud quitting’
Head Kandi, EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT, RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION, FUTURE OF WORK, POSITIVE WORKPLACE CULTURE, MULTIGENERATIONAL WORKFORCE, MULTIGENERATIONAL DYNAMICS, WORKFORCE DYNAMICS,

Welcome to the age of ‘loud quitting’

Admin

2024-06-04 11:58

There's a new way of quitting your job...

Workforce Ecosystems: Reaching Strategic Goals with People, Partners, & Technologies – Elizabeth J. Altman, David Kiron, Jeff Schwartz & Robin Jones, 2023
Reading Room, FUTURE OF WORK, UPSKILLING, CONTINUOUS LEARNING, TALENT ECOSYSTEM, WORKFORCE DYNAMICS,

Workforce Ecosystems: Reaching Strategic Goals with People, Partners, & Technologies – Elizabeth J. Altman,

Cathryn Barnard

2024-06-04 11:43

How organisations lead and manage increasingly ‘on-demand’ workforces requires entirely different approaches. This book explores that.

UK gender pay-gap now the smallest on record
Head Kandi, EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT, RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION, FUTURE OF WORK, POSITIVE WORKPLACE CULTURE, WORKFORCE DYNAMICS, GENDER PAY GAP,

UK gender pay-gap now the smallest on record

Admin

2024-05-10 10:26

Gender pay gap now smallest on record - but remains stubbornly high in the public sector.

Even hybrid RTO mandates are hurting overall job satisfaction
Head Kandi, EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT, RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION, FUTURE OF WORK, WORK LIFE BLEND, WORKFORCE DYNAMICS, HYBRID OFFICE,

Even hybrid RTO mandates are hurting overall job satisfaction

Admin

2024-05-10 10:08

The importance of handling return-to-office mandates collegiately...

The rise of the office 'coffee-badger'
Head Kandi, EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT, RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION, FUTURE OF WORK, WORK LIFE BLEND, WORKFORCE DYNAMICS, HYBRID OFFICE,

The rise of the office 'coffee-badger'

Admin

2024-05-10 09:55

What is 'coffee-badging'?

From what is to what if: Unleashing the power of imagination to create the future we want – Rob Hopkins, 2019
Reading Room, FUTURE OF WORK, UPSKILLING, CONTINUOUS LEARNING, ATTENTION DISRUPTED, ATTENTION DEFICIT, CREATIVITY,

From what is to what if: Unleashing the power of imagination to create the future we want – Rob Hopkins, 201

Admin

2024-05-08 14:00

Creativity and imagination are key meta-skills that will help us flourish in the future of work. This book brims with stories of where we might start...

EMPATHIC OFFBOARDING: GO-TO GUIDANCE NOTES
Blog, EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT, TALENT RISK, RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION, FUTURE OF WORK, ENGAGEMENT, BOOMERANG WORKER, OFFBOARDING,

EMPATHIC OFFBOARDING: GO-TO GUIDANCE NOTES

Cathryn Barnard

2024-05-08 13:22

Offboarding – the way businesses handle layoffs, resignations or end of temporary assignments – matters. Here's your guide to getting your approach right.

Mar. '24: greening our digital presence
Sustainability, SUSTAINABILITY, DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION, CLIMATE CRISIS, CSR, BUSINESS SUSTAINABILITY, PEOPLE PLANET PROFIT, NET ZERO, DECARBONISATION,

Mar. '24: greening our digital presence

Patrick Lodge

2024-04-05 12:28

We thought it was high time to take a look at how green our website is...

The anti-work paradox
Head Kandi, EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT, RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION, FUTURE OF WORK, WORK LIFE BLEND, SIDE HUSTLE, WORKFORCE DYNAMICS,

The anti-work paradox

Admin

2024-04-05 11:06

Will rejecting hustle improve work for us all?

The hidden mental health challenges facing HR professionals in 2024
Head Kandi, EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT, RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION, FUTURE OF WORK, WORK LIFE BLEND, WORKFORCE WELLBEING, WORKLIFE BALANCE, WORKLIFE BLEND, WORKFORCE DYNAMICS,

The hidden mental health challenges facing HR professionals in 2024

Admin

2024-04-05 11:04

A new report highlights the true state of mental health in the HR sector. ​

The millennial women calling time on consumerism, materialism and burnout
Head Kandi, EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT, RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION, FUTURE OF WORK, WORK LIFE BLEND, WORKFORCE WELLBEING, WORKLIFE BALANCE, WORKLIFE BLEND, WORKFORCE DYNAMICS,

The millennial women calling time on consumerism, materialism and burnout

Admin

2024-04-05 10:46

The millennials quitting the rat race.

The Coming Wave: AI, Power and the 21st Century’s Greatest Dilemma – Mustafa Suleyman, 2023
Reading Room, FUTURE OF WORK, UPSKILLING, CONTINUOUS LEARNING, AI, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, TECHNOLOGY TRENDS,

The Coming Wave: AI, Power and the 21st Century’s Greatest Dilemma – Mustafa Suleyman, 2023

Admin

2024-03-27 12:02

This book is a clarion call for technology's next phase...

FOUR WAYS TO IMPROVE HIRING AND RETENTION IN 2024
Blog, EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT, RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION, FUTURE OF WORK, INTERNAL COMMUNICATION, RECRUITMENT, RETENTION, ENGAGEMENT,

FOUR WAYS TO IMPROVE HIRING AND RETENTION IN 2024

Cathryn Barnard

2024-03-25 10:54

As well as the pressures of economic uncertainty, higher interest rates and geopolitical supply chain challenges, almost all businesses face staffing issues.

Feb. '24: Analysing our company carbon footprint with Net Zero Bucks
Sustainability, SUSTAINABILITY, CLIMATE CRISIS, CSR, BUSINESS SUSTAINABILITY, PEOPLE PLANET PROFIT, NET ZERO, DECARBONISATION,

Feb. '24: Analysing our company carbon footprint with Net Zero Bucks

Patrick Lodge

2024-03-05 10:24

Last month, we undertook a company carbon footprint analysis with an advisor from Net Zero Bucks, an initiative from Buckingham Business First.

The rise of 'chronoworking' - might it herald the end of the 9-to-5?
Head Kandi, EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT, RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION, FUTURE OF WORK, WORKLIFE BLEND, CHRONOWORKING,

The rise of 'chronoworking' - might it herald the end of the 9-to-5?

Admin

2024-03-04 10:06

‘Chronoworking’ is the practice of letting employees set their own hours in order to ensure they do their best work.

New study highlights the major plus-points of WFH
Head Kandi, HYBRID WORK, EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT, RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION, FUTURE OF WORK, WORKLIFE BLEND, REMOTE WORK, WORKING FROM HOME, WFH,

New study highlights the major plus-points of WFH

Admin

2024-03-04 09:58

Working from home allows people to eat more healthily, feel less stressed and have lower blood pressure...

Ghosting continues to rise among Gen Z and millennial jobseekers
Head Kandi, EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT, RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION, FUTURE OF WORK, MULTIGENERATIONAL WORKFORCE, MULTIGENERATIONAL DYNAMICS, FUTURE OF RECRUITMENT, FUTURE OF HIRING, GEN Z,

Ghosting continues to rise among Gen Z and millennial jobseekers

Admin

2024-03-04 09:49

Almost 4 in 5 young job applicants admit to ghosting prospective employers - but they're not the only ones doing it.