Back To The Office? 10 Books To Help CEOs Thrive In The New World Of Work

The past 18 months have forced countless organisations around the world to change the way they work day-to-day, and for many, it seems the workplace as we once knew it has been transformed forever.

So, as lockdown restrictions begin to lift in some countries, there is some debate about whether teams really should return to offices. A Bloomberg study suggests that 39% of US adults would consider quitting their jobs if their employers weren’t flexible about remote work, while 80 Apple employees sent an open letter to CEO Tim Cook sharing their views.

What we do know is that business leaders now have an opportunity to rethink how we work, and start creating a workplace that is fit for the future, so we have picked out 10 books that should sit on every CEO’s bookshelf to help them thrive in the new world of work.

1. Remote Work by Chris Dyer and Kim Shepherd (Kogan Page)

The co-authors of this book, Chris Dyer and Kim Shepherd, are both highly successful business owners who were forced to embrace the idea of remote working when faced with major unforeseen world events – the 9/11 terror attacks and 2008 financial crisis respectively. Of course, the unprecedented changes brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic have provided another dramatic tipping point across the globe, as entire organisations were forced to go virtual in a matter of weeks.

Today business leaders face some important decisions on their remote work strategies – do you bring teams back to the office when it is safe to do so? Do you bow to the pressure from employees who now value the work-life balance remote working has given them? Or, do you opt for a hybrid model offering flexibility?

This book will not only give you important food for thought before you make those big decisions, but also provide invaluable, practical advice on how to turn your remote working strategy into a genuine competitive advantage for your organisation.

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