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Issue 121 - 01 | Work As We Know It Is Dead
By Jacob Morgan Published Sept. 24, 2014 1:00 p.m.

“If you look up the word ‘manager’ in the dictionary you will find synonyms such as: ‘slave-driver, boss, or zookeeper.’ If you look up ‘employee’ in the dictionary you get back: ‘cog, servant, and slave.’ If you look up ‘work’ in the dictionary you get: ‘drudgery, struggle, or daily-grind.’ So, we are all cogs working for a slave-driver as we go about our daily drudgery. That’s just lovely isn’t it? This is how we have literally built our organizations over the past hundred or so years and this is exactly what I mean when I say ‘work as we know it is dead.’ The idea that ‘work sucks’ is engrained in almost every aspect of our professional lives. Employees are no longer cogs, work should not be drudgery, and managers can no longer be slave-drivers.

This isn’t a manifesto about following your passions or being happy, it’s a call to action to change and evolve our organizations to reflect the world that they operate in.”


About Jacob Morgan | Jacob Morgan is a futurist and globally recognized thought leader on the future of work and collaboration. He is the co-founder of the FOW Community, an invite only membership dedicated to the future of work and collaboration. Jacob also co-founded Chess Media Group, a management consulting and strategic advisory firm that focuses on the future of work and collaboration. Jacob has worked with companies such as Safeway, Sodexo, Siemens, Lowe’s, Franklin Templeton, and many others. Jacob is frequently cited in media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNN, Fast Company, Inc., and others. He is the author of the best-seller, The Collaborative Organization and The Future of Work, and has a column for Forbes, and speaks at conferences and events around the world.


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