NOV 2016



Our Assumptions About Old and Young Workers Are Wrong @lyndagratton  "exploring is not just for the young" #100yrlife

- Gayle Allen - Nov 25

Looking forward to hearing Lynda speak next week at the HR Congress in Amsterdam #leadership #hrcongress16

Andrew Spence - Nov 25

Game changing thinking for 100 year life @lyndagratton transformative leadership @JanOwenAM #futureofwork #youth

- Denice Scala - Nov 25



This month, we’ve enjoyed learning about FT editor and columnist Lucy Kellaway’s career change plans. Not only is Lucy leaving a 30-year career in journalism to become a teacher – she’s also spearheading a movement towards late career changes thanks to the Teach Now initiative, which is aimed at encouraging professionals who are leaders in their field to consider teaching as a career move. Many of the people Teach Now targets are in their 40s, 50s and 60s.

This line of thinking is turning the usual recruitment model for teachers on its head. For the past two decades, recruitment within the UK’s teaching profession has focused on encouraging high-achieving graduates and young professionals to take up teaching – often before going on to other careers. More


By Haniah Shaukat, Head of Research and Analysis

In our age of constant communication and economic pressure, a common dilemma for workers is how to manage the competing demands in work and life and avoid becoming distracted, stressed and burned out. I’ve been studying and exploring this topic for over 5 years – here are the three strategies I’ve found to be most useful for successfully managing my multiple responsibilities:

1. Strive for work-life integration—not balance: New research suggests that maintaining strict distinctions between roles at work and at home might cause rather than relieve feelings of stress. Researchers Jeffrey Greenhaus and Gary Powell expand on this concept, recommending that work and personal life should be allies. More


Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott’s book The 100-Year Life has been launched in Japan with resounding success. The book went straight to the top of Amazon’s bestseller list and has already reached its 4th reprint. Astonishingly, this success has all taken place in just three weeks!

It’s not entirely surprising that The 100-Year Life seems to be striking a chord in Japan. An estimated 33% of Japanese citizens are over 60 and catering for the needs of an ageing population has long been on the political agenda. However, this is also part of a wider trend of interest in themes surrounding the future of work. When Lynda’s book The Shift was published, it quickly outsold Fifty Shades of Grey  in Japan, and our FoW team is having increasing numbers of membership conversations with Japanese companies. It’s always fascinating to see how different themes take hold in different parts of the world and we’re looking forward to more collaboration with Japanese companies in future.
Have you read The 100-Year Life yet? Order your copy from Amazon today.


This month’s Hot Spots friend is Lucy Kellaway, who has been in the news a lot lately not just because she is a renowned FT journalist, but because she has announced her plan to leave journalism and become a maths teacher. And Lucy is not just doing it for herself – she has also set up NowTeach, an initiative to encourage experienced professionals who are leaders in their field to change careers and start teaching.

We’ve always enjoyed Lucy’s insightful observations on corporate culture – especially some of her recent columns on over 50s in the workplace – and her career move is a great example of Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott’s assertion that age does not equal stage. NowTeach illustrates that one of the key ways for people to achieve a fulfilling career over a 100-year life is to start making such bold transitions.

If this topic has piqued your interest, you can learn more about NowTeach by visiting the website at

Linklaters wins The FT's Most Innovative Law Firm Award

We were delighted to hear that Linklaters received a 'standout' mention in the FT's Most innovative law firms 2016: Innovation in human resources recently. Linklaters used Hot Spots Movement's Jam solution to crowdsource over a 72-hour period, generating valuable insights to improve work-life balance both for lawyers and support teams.

Our congratulations go to Kate Richardson-Moore and Neha Rao at Linklaters for a hugely well-deserved accolade for an innovative and collaborative initiative.

To find out more about how our crowd-sourcing solution surfaces internal insights and equips organisations to take on their challenges, contact Atem Mbeboh,


The 100-Year Life audio book now available
We’re pleased to announce that the 100-Year Life is now available as an audio book via Audible.  It’s a great opportunity to absorb the book while on the go – and Audible members can access it for free.

Video: The Economist on the Future of Work
Lynda was one of the panellists at the Economist’s Future of Work discussion. The conversation has now been distilled into 5 key take-out points and is available to watch on YouTube. It’s a great opportunity to absorb some fresh perspectives on future of work topics.

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