The workplace of the useless class

Over the past decade or more, “workplace strategy” has been about financial metrics (as measured in square feet per person and people per seat) and very little about purpose and meaning. However, as automation and AI applications begin to perform jobs better than or at lower cost than people, a significant social and cultural challenge will begin to arise.

It seems appropriate that a new generation of workplace strategists begins to move toward the ethical side of companies and governments and begin to shape the “workplace” of the post-work future.

A version of this story first appeared in the blog of MEREDITH Strategy + Design at

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