The Human Centred Digital WorkplaceAuthor: Elizabeth | Date posted: June 10, 2013
In Jacob Saaby Nielsen’s review of “The Digital Workplace: How Technology is Liberating Work” he points to not only the freshness of Miller’s perspective on the workplace – and that a different way of working is possible – he also highlights the human centred approach:
This book is not only great because it’s a good example that workplaces can function differently then your run off the mill company. To me, it’s great because it’s a step towards a more humanized workplace, where a lot of the stuff that doesn’t (or rather, shouldn’t) matter about work, is peeled off – and then the juicy, great tasting layers are exposed. It’s not a “guide to implementing this workmodel, right now in your own organization”. It’s a book which will make you reflect, reevaluate, rethink and should you be so lucky, change your view of what work is in 2013, to some degree.
It gave me a different perspective on “the workplace” as such, even with me having worked with the tools which enable the virtual organization, for a long time. I’ve long wanted to create my own business. And currently I’m in a situation where I have the luxury to seriously entertain that idea. The business I have in mind, should I choose to go that way, will be built on a lot of the principles of this book. At the very least, I will be try to implement these principles in my worklife in general, going forward.
In the end, is there any greater compliment to the validity of someones work, than that ?
In Bertrand Duperrin’s review, he also emphasizes the human angle found in Miller’s book: “une reconstruction des rapports humains avant touy”:
Vous l’aurez compris, Paul Miller aborde la digital workplace sous l’angle des questions que se posent RH et managers à l’heure d’embrasser cette évolution inéluctable des rapports sociaux au travail, du contenu du travail et des modes de leadership. A lire absolument pour prendre les bonnes décisions et comprendre où on va….avant que la technologie ne fasse faire des bêtises.
La Digital workplace est plus qu’un outil : c’est une culture et une manière de travailler.