From Publishers Weekly
The rapid pace of technological evolution has led to a sea change in the workplace. Older workers are staying in the workforce longer, while younger employees are coming in equipped with skills and expectations that set them apart from their predecessors. In order to harness the potential of the Millennial generation, employers are forced to change not just the way they attract and retain talent, but also many of the assumptions they've made about the way markets work. In this in-depth analysis of evolving corporate practices, Millennial expectations, and the future of international business, Meister and Willyerd offer thoughtful tips, the latest in corporate training, and advice for negotiating this new workforce. However, while seemingly targeted at a wide array of people, the information contained in 2020 Workplace will be of use largely to managerial or Human Resources personnel with a specific lack of understanding about the expectations of Millennials. While that's a fine target, readers not in that niche will feel like they're being told something they already know.
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To those corporate executives and managers who’ve naysayed the power and transformational capabilities of Web 2.0, this book is for you––if you’re open to change. To those readers, consultants, and employees already embracing the world of social media, this collection of case histories, significant statistics, and personalized anecdotes will enable you to further the engagement within (and without) your organizations. Regardless, it is clear that author-scholar Meister and former chief learning officer Willyerd have tackled and tamed the tiger of talent. Be aware, within their recitation of the 10 forces shaping the world to the final 10 initiatives HR can spark to achieve the 2020 workplace, is an ever-growing concern that the formerly pooh-poohed death of talent will be real in a decade. Many of their lessons learned are standard operating procedure in professional literature and daily news, like the shifting demographics of the workplace and the demand for corporate social responsibility. --Barbara Jacobs
“Anyone interested in building a workplace comfortable to the upcoming connected and techie generation should find ideas worth exploring here. Highly recommended.” (—Library Journal (starred review))
“This book includes key information that all learning professionals need to create a successful talent management strategy and leverage the benefits of social media in the workplace...[C]omprehensive and forward-thinking.” (—Training and Development)
“Meister and Willyerd offer thoughtful tips, the latest in corporate training, and advice for negotiating this new workforce.” (—Publishers Weekly)
“Provocative and entertaining.” (—Miami Herald)
“In their visionary and pragmatic book, Jeanne C. Meister and Karie Willyerd equip you with the tools you need to attract the best people and help them do their best work. The battle for talent is more intense than ever; Meister and Willyerd show you how to win.” (—William C. Taylor; Founding Editor, Fast Company; Coauthor, Mavericks at Work)
“How you behave will matter more than what you sell in the future, and your reputation will drive your success. If you expect to maximize employee productivity and have a strong enterprise in 2020, Jeanne C. Meister and Karie Willyerd’s book is a must read.” (—Rob Quish, CEO JWT INSIDE and COO JWT North America)
Jeanne C. Meister and Karie Willyerd are on their game in The 2020 Workplace. With their workforce and talent insights, as well as their pragmatic approach to getting started, they’ve created a North Star for organizations to use on their journey to winning better talent today. (—David Smith, managing director. Accenture; coauthor, Workforce of One)
“Finally the imperatives for change are laid out in one spot, and a pragmatic roadmap for success is outlined. If you are dedicated to building healthy, productive next-generation organizations, you must read this amazing book.” (—Susan Burnett, Senior Vice President, Talent and Organization Development, Yahoo!)
In The 2020 Workplace, Jeanne C. Meister and Karie Willyerd share impressive research findings, tell compelling stories, and offer thought-provoking ideas that will become the basis for preparing to live in a global, technological, changing, and connected future. (—Dave Ulrich; Professor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan; Partner, The RBL Group)
“Meister and Willyerd have blazed a trail with The 2020 Workplace. With key insights on how to manage tomorrow’s workforce—one that is beginning to show up to work today—this book is a must read for all in our profession!” (—Matthew Peters, Chief Learning Officer, Defense Intelligence Agency)
“The workplace is evolving faster than ever before, reinventing everything from how employees connect with an organization to how they learn, leverage information, and lead. Managers, don’t miss this opportunity to get a jumpstart the 2020 workforce before it’s too late. ” (—Lynne C. Lancaster, co-author of The M-Factor: How the Millennial Generation is Rocking the Workplace)
“The 2020 Workplace is a thought-provoking guide to the emerging workplace trends and how they will shape business in the future.” (—Peter Cappelli, George W. Taylor Professor of Management and Professor of Education, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania)
“The 2020 Workplace provides tremendous insights, not only into the emerging workforce, but also into the changes that enterprises will have to make to effectively recruit, develop, and retain what will become increasingly scarce human resources.” (—Dr. Stanton D. Sloane, President and CEO, SRA International)
What a fresh and forward-looking read. Jeanne C. Meister and Karie Willyerd have tackled recruitment, motivation, learning, and leadership in the new and evolving ‘connected world,’ and they have offered best practices and their own thoughtful approaches for companies and leaders to consider. (—John W. Gill, Vice President, Human Resources, Rolls-Royce Energy Systems)
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and I do recommend reading it
One of the problems of writing book about what is going to happen in the future...is when the future gets here and it's not exactly what you thought it might be. While the book has many interesting facets...and I do recommend reading it...it is not as game changing as her follow-up, The Future Workplace Experience.
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Simply put - change the environment or the talent will leave.
By Michael S.
I read "The 2020 Workplace" to help me conceptualize a thesis I will be starting on shortly. The book reveals the important generational differences that are so vital to an organization adapting to. The astounding fact that by 2020 we will have five generations in the workplace is a tell-tale sign that organizations will have to change the way they manage their employees. Each generation has a unique set of characteristics and needs - organizations often fail to recognize these nuances and treat everyone the same. This book clearly demonstrates the differences that exist between generations, what each come to expect from the workplace, and how to manage and develop talent to excel in a highly competitive and diverse world.
This book was outstanding - and, speaking from a millennial perspective it hit the target on so many frustrations I experience in the workplace (with respect to my generational needs) - read this book!
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Amazing vision of our workplace in 2020
By Amazon Customer
Very interesting book trying to describe how we will be working in 2020. Some things probably are not a big surprise even now, some other are a bit revolutionery and might require changing our thinking about work.
The book is solidly documented which makes the conclusions more reliable.
But are we ready for the change? I am wondering where the non-network generation will fit in in 2020?
I really recommend this book since it gives goocd food for thought!