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Books and Tools

WorkMatters Membership portal gives you an exclusive access to our inventory of Future of Work resources and tools. Our book Thrive in the Future of Work will help you understand ‘How Embracing an Agile Mindset Will Benefit You And Your Organization’. Further you will also find individual and organizational analysis tools in our toolbox like P.A.R. (Personal Agility Radar) and S.C.O.P.E. (Strategy, Culture, Organization, People, External Focus) for your reference.


Thrive in the Future of Work

How Embracing An Agile Mindset Will Benefit You And Your Organization

What can you do to create a thriving working life for yourself and your organization? How can you shape your Future of Work against the backdrop of current and future workplace trends such as emerging technologies, uncertainty, and seemingly constant change?

THRIVE in the Future of Work provides a journey through the realities, implications and solutions for the rapidly changing world of work we live in today. It is a practical account of what we know so far from those who are already there - and it is both a guide and an invitation for you to explore what your own path will be towards Future of Work readiness and fulfilment.

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“Kevin Empey has done a masterful job of helping fold the future into the present in one of the most prevalent settings in our lives: work and working life” Dave Ulrich


About Our Book

The book is presented in four parts across eight chapters. Each chapter provides a mix of facts, research, case studies, tools and prompts to help the reader address the question of what can they do in practical terms to help future-proof themselves and their organizations in the changing world of work.

Part 1

“The Changing World of Work and the Agility Challenge” examines the shifts and trends apparent in the world of work and how they have intensified in recent years. We explore what the Future of Work means in practical terms and how can it be broken down at individual and organisational level. The case for Agility as a core capability for future of work readiness is discussed and we explore the challenges and benefits of Agility and how it can be managed.

Part 2

“The Future Ready Organisation” explores the practical realities and implications of the Future of Work at the wider organisational level. We discuss the emergence of a New Employment Deal, as well its implications, challenges and opportunities for leaders, employees and for HR. We look at the future role of the leader and of HR in shaping the new world of work.

Part 3

“Future-Fit and Future-Ready” focuses on Future of Work readiness and Agility at the individual level. We look at the elements and the benefits of an agile mindset - and skillset - and how these can help to proactively manage uncertainty and change with purpose and confidence. The research-based elements of a personal agility are explored to demonstrate how individuals can – and already are – successfully navigating the challenges and opportunities presented by the changing world of work.

Part 4

“A Call to Action for the Future” examines the emerging choices for navigating the Future of Work at the societal level, especially in relation to areas such as ESG, education and employment policy. We explore what is needed from all of us as a society to proactively create a work environment where no one is left behind and for “good work” to thrive into the future. Finally, Your Call to Action summarizes the key messages from the book and outlines five practical steps you can take in navigating your own path into the Future of Work.

Personality Agility Radar

The WorkMatters Personal Agility Radar (PAR). Personal Agility refers to the individual qualities and attributes associated with agile performance and effectiveness. The presence of these research-based qualities are necessary for working effectively in an agile work environment - and they also help build greater self-awareness of the qualities needed to adapt and succeed in the changing world of work.

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WorkMatters has developed a model and associated assessment tool that summarises these qualities, through extensive primary research and analysis of demonstrated and validated individual Agile behaviour, backed up by decades of academic research on workforce Agility. The instrument was further validated in recent years through Trinity College Dublin and with leaders and industry experts on organisational Agility from around the world. The Personal Agility Radar helps individuals to explore their own individual agility across 17 personal agile competences under 6 dimensions covering two broad domains (personal and social).

Organizational Agility Tools (S.C.O.P.E.)

The WorkMatters Organisational Agility tool (S.C.O.P.E.) provides leaders with a quick and accessible tool to conduct an overall evaluation of Organisational Agility covering all the key dimensions of Organisational Agility – Strategic, Culture & Leadership, Operational, People and External Focus.

Past Experience

We at WorkMatters do not take your trust lightly. Here is what our clients say about us:

“With the logic, insights, tools, and examples contained in this programme, mastering agility will turn threat and uncertainty into future opportunity and daily practice”

Dave Ulrich ( Dave Ulrich )

"WorkMatters has partnered with us on our training strategy and delivery support since we began planning our transition to our flexible working model. They have provided us with relevant, tailored and timely training that reflects the intricacies of our business, ensuring we get the best impact from our training effort and approach."

Gillian Cooney ( SMBC Aviation Capital )

"I have worked closely with WorkMatters, particularly in the areas of employee engagement and culture change. WorkMatters were invaluable in helping me focus and assess the key insights, learnings and most impactful action areas for myself, the management team, and the Board. I would have no hesitation in personally recommending WorkMatters for anyone overhauling and modernising their People & Culture Strategy."

Kevin Toland ( CEO, DAA )

"WorkMatters have been providing us with practical training strategy and delivery support since we began planning our transition to our flexible working model. As well as providing relevant and timely training content, they understand the intricacies of our business and help us to ensure we get the best impact from our training effort and approach."

David Walsh ( CEO Netwatch )

"With so much debate around the future of work, WorkMatters helped us to identify the practical organizational and people matters that we can focus on today in order to build and prepare for the future – a very worthwhile and necessary experience."

Cathy Gilmore ( Vice President - International HR at Groupon )