“A thoughtful, practical read about the future of the flexible office.”—Adam Grant
“Office shock” is an abrupt, unsettling change in where, when, how, and even why we work. In this visionary book, three prominent futurists argue that the office is both a place and a process—offices and officing—with a new range of choices, including what they call the emerging officeverse.
To see the possibilities with fresh eyes, we must use future-back thinking to ask, What is the purpose of your officing? What are the outcomes—especially regarding climate—you want to achieve? With whom do you want to office? How will you augment your intelligence? Where and when will you office? How will you create an agile office?
Traditional offices were often unfair, uncomfortable, uncreative, and unproductive. This book explores how to seize this great opportunity to transform office work.
Bob Johansen is a distinguished fellow at the Institute for the Future in Silicon Valley. He is the author or coauthor of twelve books, including Full-Spectrum Thinking.
Joseph Press is a former workplace designer, transformation expert, and futures architect. He is the coauthor of IDeaLs (Innovation and Design as Leadership) and cofounder of the consulting cooperative MakeOurFuture.
Christine Bullen is an information systems professor who codeveloped the critical success factors methodology when she was at MIT.
“A thoughtful, practical read about the future of the flexible office.”
“… sweeping treatise on how a contemporary workplace crisis has created new ways to transform office life.”
“Office Shock is an unprecedented chance to reimagine human resources, human augmentation, and the future of belonging.”
—Felecia Pryor, Chief People Officer, John Deere
“A strikingly clear guide to creating the superminds on which our future depends.”
—Thomas W. Malone, Professor, MIT Sloan School of Management
“Office Shock paints a vivid picture of the future of work with sustainable practices.”
—Ani Dasgupta, CEO, World Resources Institute
“I am inspired by the deep acknowledgment of multiple futures celebrated through the amazing illustrations created for these future offices.”
—Lonny J Avi Brooks, Afrofuturist and Professor, California State University, East Bay
“This book explores the potential for AI to revolutionize offices.”
—Atefeh Riazi, Executive Director, CIOs without Borders
“Finally, a new, thought-provoking book that gives you strategies for designing your own work future.”
—Jack Nilles, the Father of Telework
“With Office Shock, Johansen, Press, and Bullen provide us with the critical tools to evaluate our working conditions, opening up how we can imagine something radically different.”
—Esteban Kelly, Executive Director, US Federation of Worker Cooperatives
“Getting past all the hyperbole, finally, a book that gives an inspiring but practical vision for the future of work!”
—Mark Johnson, cofounder of Innosight
“Even though external uncertainties will continue to shock how we work, where we work, and when we work, Office Shock reminds us that we can still shape a more humane, environmentally robust, and economically just tomorrow.”
—Lisa Kay Solomon, coauthor of Moments of Impact and Design a Better Business and Futurist in Residence, Stanford d.school
“Office Shock is an urgent opportunity to create new ways for computers and people to work together.”
—Larry Quinlan, former Global CIO, Deloitte
“Office Shock provides invaluable insight to help everyone navigate a world of work that is changing at warp speed.”
—Aron Cramer, President, Business for Social Responsibility
“Where purpose-driven people work for purpose-driven organizations. Not many books describe with impeccable clarity the future of work (and life) to their readers as Office Shock does. A must-have to train yourself to be a forward thinker.”
—Stephan Mardyks, CEO, House of Leading Brands