Looking back - looking forward
The Digital Workplace: How technology is liberating work is the first of three books written by Paul Miller, and helped to popularize and explain the term 'digital workplace' when it was first published back in 2012.
The book introduced the concept that there are two places where we can work, one physical and the other digital, a concept that is well understood today. The term ‘digital workplace’ with its relationship to the far more familiar physical workplace, captured attention and gave a name to a new and rapidly growing industry that connected humans, technology and work – an industry now worth billions of dollars a year.
“I have to recommend this book. It sets the stage for what the digital workplace is and how it is broader than the company intranet. ”
An essential exploration of
modern and future work
The Digital Workplace: How Technology is Liberating Work is Paul Miller’s highly personal investigation into the future of work. Challenging our own perceptions of how and where work is carried out, Paul draws on thirty years of experience to show how the technology we use every day is defining, shaping and transforming our working lives.
He says it is the 'digital' in the workplace that now defines and shapes our working lives. Building on compelling stories from well-known organizations, Paul explains in a powerful narrative how every aspect of work is being transformed. An essential exploration of modern and future work that we can all relate to personally. Addiction, disappointment, liberation, slavery, speed – The Digital Workplace is a captivating manifesto.
How we work, not where we work
This book was the first of its kind to propose that work is no longer shackled to one physical location and what this means for us all. Including many examples and stories from major organizations, Paul’s thought-provoking and inspiring narrative is a story we can all identify with. His passionate manifesto on how the digital workplace can change individuals, organizations and society for the better will completely re-configure your view of work.
Putting the 'digital workplace' on the map
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Meet the author
Paul Miller is CEO and Founder of the Digital Workplace Group (DWG), rated by the Financial Times in 2020 and 2021 as one of the UK’s leading management consultancies in digital transformation. He is a business and social entrepreneur. His latest book is ‘Nature of Work – The new Story of Work for a Living Age’ (co-authored with Shimrit Janes), and his previous book, ‘The Digital Renaissance of Work: Delivering digital workplaces fit for the future’ (co-authored with Elizabeth Marsh), was shortlisted for the Management Book of the Year 2016 Award.
Paul has given many inspirational talks on the digital future of work, for audiences at Microsoft, IKEA, Google, Accenture, Harvard Business Review, Cisco, European Commission, IMF, Adobe and Oxford University, and co-hosts the Nature of Work podcast with Shimrit Janes.
He lives in the Cotswolds in the UK.
Paul Miller provides a glimpse of the changes ahead and signposts some of the key themes in this new ‘world of work’. The book is useful to anyone rethinking their approach to how to organise work and technology either at a personal or organisational levels.”
Warwick Business School
Embedded in this book is a possible blueprint for a paradigm shift in the digital relationship between a company and its employees, where the focus is on individual output, based on trust and freedom in terms of encouraging virtual work locations and flexible working-hours.
Technology Strategy Board
From what he calls the 'terminal decline' of the physical workplace, to the heightened importance of trust and autonomy in work arrangements outside of that space, to dealing with the potential loneliness of virtual “offices,” Paul Miller combines his considerable writing skills and vast experience in technology and communications to shape and share a vision of the future in The Digital Workplace: How Technology is Liberating Work. Miller provides a mix of fine examples of digital working practices, including some from his own Intranet Benchmarking Forum — which is completely virtual in its organization — to help illustrate his many observations on how technology is reshaping not just the workplace but most every aspect of modern work and more.
This book is an absolute must read for anyone interested in finding out how technology is changing the way we work for everyone on the planet. The way Paul Miller writes it from his own experiences and view of life – working and personal – makes it compelling to read. The examples Paul uses are ones we can all relate too and are real, not made up to fit a theoretical scenario. It’s good to see Paul Miller share his expertise and enthusiasm with us in this book. I’m fortunate to know Paul so I realize every word is sincerely meant to help you, the reader.
This is an easy, entertaining and stimulating read. Paul tells stories and he tells them well. He talks about his own dynamic 50-person company, his colleagues and how they have lived in the digital workplace over more than a decade. He describes many other examples from some of the world’s largest and well-known organizations. The impact of this book comes from the fact that Paul brings the digital workplace to life. Although the subject involves technology, this is not a technology book. For example, he talks about “work stretching” with people starting much younger and continuing to work much later thanks to digital tools and teleworking. Another example is his discussion about the impact of the digital workplace on real estate and how the physical workplace is evolving in parallel to the digital workplace. He makes the “why” case for the digital workplace and the “what”, explaining why we are moving in that direction and what the digital workplace lets us do.
Paul Miller eloquently describes how the 21st century workplace is being transformed by the digitization of our world. This is an insightful look at how the technological advances driving the digital age are already visibly changing the workplace and where those new capabilities might lead us.”
“Buy the new book by Paul Miller ‘The Digital Workplace’. A real winner!”
I read your book with great interest, it’s a bold vision of the future!