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The future has never been more uncertain for both employers and employees.
They face the same profoundly unsettling dilemma: neither knows what skills they need to develop for the future. Futurists and the media tell us that over 50 percent of jobs today will soon be replaced by automation and AI.
Turnover is higher than it has ever been. The percentage of the workforce that is actively disengaged has never been higher. The shelf lives of certain skills are diminishing rapidly. Longstanding industries and industry leaders are being disrupted. These staggering changes are challenging our concepts of what a career really looks like today and how we should build organizations going forward.
We are facing a Workquake.
It’s time we change the conversation. It’s time to talk about how being human has never been more critical and how we have more agency in applying our talents than at any other time in history. We need to have more real and honest conversations about how to build a better model of the future of work, one in which both employers and employees feel safe and energized.
COVID-19 has presented us the ideal opportunity to tackle this important challenge. Workquake is an attempt to articulate a compelling vision for the future of work through a number of stories, case studies, and author Steve Cadigan’s own experiences.
A Note From the Publisher
“The shocks to the workplace from COVID-19 are just the latest example of an increasingly dynamic and ever-changing labor marketplace. Workquake shows that the companies best set up to succeed in this environment are those that play the long game by investing and building positive relationships with their employees.” —Christian Sutherland-Wong, CEO, Glassdoor
“Workquake is a must-read for all business and HR leaders.” —Janine Yancey, Founder and CEO, Emtrain
“It’s time to rip up the old playbooks and reconsider what attributes we'll need in order to thrive professionally…Workquake blends considerable personal experiences with relevant research and insightful stories to create highly compelling guidelines for navigating the future of work…[Steve] hits the spot.” —Leela Srinivasan, Board Member, Upwork
“The old contract of work is dead. Workquake will challenge you to pursue learning agility over job security and to paradoxically build a company culture that prepares people to leave.” —Michelle Vitus, Founder and CEO, Slate Advisers
“An empowering book for those seeking to understand how to navigate careers and life in a rapidly changing world.” —Charles Moses, Dean, School of Management, University of San Francisco
“In Workquake, Steve Cadigan lays bare the obsolete social compact that has bound employees to employers since the Industrial Revolution…Cadigan’s writing is clear, direct, and full of stories that make the message memorable.” —John Haggerty, Sr. Lecturer, Cornell University ILR; Former VP Human Resources, General Electric
“An inspirational read about the future of work—at times of great uncertainty and change.” —Tolga Kurtoglu, CEO, Xerox Parc
“In this very refreshing and easy-to-read book, Steve provides compelling examples of how today’s most successful workers and employers embrace constant learning, change, and career flexibility. This is a must-read if you want to thrive in this fast-changing new world order!” —Kirk Herrington, CEO and Board Member, Mploy
“An indispensable read for those serious about the future of work.” —Peter Campbell, Managing Partner, Education Growth Partners
“Steve Cadigan guides us through this changing world with a sense of creativity and optimism that’s inspiring and invigorating, and I recommend Workquake as required reading for all of us.” —Patrick Crane, Board Member, Technology Executive
“Workquake reveals many of [Steve Cadigan’s] game-changing strategies and is a must-read for entrepreneurs and professionals.” —Andrew Mcleod, Founder and C3O, Certn
“Workquake is very timely and should be a must-read for every organization trying to navigate these unprecedented times.” —Bob Bailey, Director, Micron; Former Chairman and Ceo, PMC-Sierra
“Unequivocally, Steve is one of the world’s pre-eminent experts on the future of work. He provides a unique combination of fresh, challenging concepts and practical, tangible solutions born out of his experience as a top-level HR leader. A master storyteller. Workquake is a must-read.” —Adrian Simpson, Co-Founder and Chief Connector, Wavelength
“In the doom and gloom around the future of work, Workquake shines a bright, optimistic light on the opportunity for young people to navigate an ever-changing workplace. A must-read.” —Ashwath Narayanan, Founder and CEO, Social Currant
“This is a bright light provided by one whose expertise is built on firsthand experience and the determination to grow people and companies.” —Matt Barnard, Co-Founder and CEO, Plenty