What has changed in the workplace? Everything.

The traditional office was probably doomed anyway. Then a global shutdown changed everything we thought we knew about work, including where and when it needed to take place. Automation and the Fourth Industrial Revolution have accelerated, and perhaps as much as one third of the world’s permanent workforce will soon become remote. In The Nowhere Office, Julia Hobsbawm offers a strategic and practical guide to navigating this pivotal moment in the history of work and provides lessons for how both employees and employers can adapt.

Hobsbawm draws on her extensive networks in business, academia, and entrepreneurship across  generations to offer new ideas about how to handle hybrid working, as well as provides deep insight into how the way we work is being transformed by larger issues such as community, hierarchy, bias, identity, and security. The Nowhere Office describes a unique moment in the history of work which, if understood and handled correctly, can provide a springboard for the biggest transformational change in the workplace for a century: something better, more meaningful, and more workable for everyone.


“A tour de force of insight, clarity and . . . common sense.” —Adrian Wooldridge, global business columnist, Bloomberg
“Where else are you going to find such enlightening insights into the future of work?” —James Bell, VP, Pew Research Center
“A masterful analysis of the reinvention of work in a post-office world.” —Andrew Keen, author of How to Fix the Future
“Julia Hobsbawm is brilliant at seeing tomorrow’s ideas today.” —Joy Lo Dico, columnist, Financial Times
“Even-handed and sensible appraisal of the future of work. . . A priceless injection of nuanced thinking and practical suggestions.” —Rory Sutherland, vice chairman, Ogilvy UK
The Nowhere Office brilliantly captures the zeitgeist issue of our times—how and where we work.” —Ayesha Hazarika, journalist and broadcaster, Times Radio
“Every manager or leader who is wondering what to do next about their offices and people needs to read The Nowhere Office.” —Ben Page, Global CEO, ISPOS
“We need big bold thinkers like Julia Hobsbawm right now more than ever.” —Polly Mackenzie, chief executive, Demos
“The pandemic has changed the way we work. Julia Hobsbawm’s The Nowhere Office makes the case for embracing the opportunities this brings.” —Financial Times, “The books to read in 2022”
“An intriguing consideration of this bewildering “liminal in-between time in the history of work.” —Kirkus
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Meet The Author: Julia Hobsbawm

Julia Hobsbawm is an entrepreneur, writer, and consultant who addresses the challenges of the hyper connected age, in particular remedies of what she has called Social Health for organizations. She is Chair of The Workshift Commission and is Founder and Chair of the content and connection business Editorial Intelligence. Her bestselling book The Simplicity Principle: Six Steps Towards Clarity in a Complex World was published in 2020 and won the American Book Fest Best Book Award 2020 – Business: General and the NYC Big Book Award 2020 – Self-Help: General. Awarded an OBE for services to business, her articles are amongst the most downloaded on the Strategy + Business site and she is an adviser to the British Academy’s Future of the Corporation project.

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