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When Relationships at Work, Work (And Don’t Work!)

When Relationships at Work, Work (And Don’t Work!) | The Way We Work Today | Scoop.it

Like them or loathe them we cannot escape the people we work with. In Relationships in Organisations: A Work Psychology Perspective,1 Rachel L. Morrison, Helena D. Cooper-Thomas and Susan Geertshuis explore the positive and negative effects of the workplace. Below, the authors outline some key research findings with regards to workplace relationships, and explore two salient topics relating to the use and misuse of power at work – bullying and influence tactics.


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A delightfully succinct insight into the many relationship types which exist at work.  Of particular interest, at this time, is the consignment of the bully into three categories - predatory, purposeful, and unaware.  This European Business Review article acknowledges that regular change is a breeding ground for the purposeful bully.   

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the book looks super promising!

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Produits Universaliss Bank....Produits Universaliss Laboratory
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Never underestimate a temp – as Richard Scudamore did

Never underestimate a temp – as Richard Scudamore did | The Way We Work Today | Scoop.it
Amy Fleming: Temps can be treated as if they're invisible and disposable, but they have one thing careless employers should beware – access
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Most organisations enjoy the use of third party workers in 2014, whether it be in the form of on-hire/agency workers or contractors.  This article, citing the exposure of a senior executive for his less than suitable behaviour at work, is a good reminder of the need to take a 'total workforce management' approach to risk management.  For a long time now, business has made the incorrect assumption that outsourcing labour supply is akin to outsourcing risk and responsibility.  Not so!

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Not your grandpa’s labor union - The Boston Globe

Not your grandpa’s labor union - The Boston Globe | The Way We Work Today | Scoop.it

The future of unionism in the US is not to be found in the local hall...

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Spawn of the Dead?  The US, with its difficult economic circumstances, appears to be spawning the future of a new unionism through 'viral-ready videos to connect with fellow dancers through social media, and holding meetings at dance studios and trendy nightclubs instead of the proverbial union hall'.  Rather than being called unions they are being tagged alt-labor groups!  This article sheds light on the re-generation of unionism by the workers themselves, a very pure and intriquing development in the history of collective labour.

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The 5 Pillars of Awesome Team Culture | The Phuse

The 5 Pillars of Awesome Team Culture | The Phuse | The Way We Work Today | Scoop.it
Who says you can't bond and have a happy, productive culture in remote teams? Not us! Here's how we ensure that our culture grows from a solid foundation of awesome.
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I recently sat down with and HR manager of one of Australia's fastest growing digital firms to discuss their introduction of a Results Only Work Environment which relies heavily upon team autonomy and the capacity to work from wherever gets the best results.  It made me more curious about what the rest of us can learn about creating, and maintaining, a great work culture when half your workforce works remotely.  This grass roots insight into how to establish an 'awesome' team culture with a remote workforce makes for good reading.  Enjoy the 'solid foundation of awesome'! 

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The future is freelance – and that is healthy

The future is freelance – and that is healthy | The Way We Work Today | Scoop.it

In recent years a pronounced structural shift has taken place in the employment market in Britain. The numbers who work for themselves are growing, while the ranks of those who work for the government are declining. 

 

The RSA, a UK think-tank, reckons that within the next three years, the total number of self-employed will outnumber those who are employed by the state. This has important implications for our politics, culture and economy. Public sector workers by definition toil away within a giant organisation. They are frequently union members, and enjoy defined benefit pensions underwritten by the poor old taxpayer. The self-employed are the opposite: often they are freelancers, possessing an independence and freedoms that civil servants can only dream about; but they don’t enjoy the very expensive safety net that comes with working for the state.

 

These trends are likely to continue: in the west we live in an age of state austerity – a general realisation that we have lived beyond our means, often by borrowing to fund public expenditure. In most developed nations the government workforce is being downsized. In the long term this evolution is healthy and will lead to more solvent economies and more resilient populations. Some commentators say the rise of flexible labour is not to be confused with a rise in entrepreneurialism. This is a counsel of perfection. Society needs the self-sufficient. An over-large welfare state breeds dependence and a deadly sense of entitlement, which only impoverishes us all. In any event such systems are unaffordable in the 21st century, as countries such as Greece, Italy and even France are discovering.

 


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A succinct article from Britain's Financial Times cites a UK Think Tank which predicts that within 3 years the number of self employed in the UK will be greater than those employed in the public service.  Staggering to think they are not there yet, given that in Australia the number of independent contractors is over 1 million and the Commonwealth public service employ only 163,000.

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162 Future Jobs: Preparing for Jobs that Don’t Yet Exist | Impact Lab

162 Future Jobs: Preparing for Jobs that Don’t Yet Exist | Impact Lab | The Way We Work Today | Scoop.it
Futurist Thomas Frey: Last week I was speaking at an event in Istanbul. As usual, once I landed at the airport, I made my way to the customs area where I was
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Retailers, pilots and law staff be warned - you're about to be replaced by robots!  This is an intriguing insight into the jobs of the future and where the future opportunities lie.  If you're a 'Transitionist', 'Maximiser' or 'Inflectionist' then breathe a sigh of relief because you will become hot property.  Just sit back and create your destiny.  Bring it on!

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When Relationships at Work, Work (And Don’t Work!)

When Relationships at Work, Work (And Don’t Work!) | The Way We Work Today | Scoop.it

Like them or loathe them we cannot escape the people we work with. In Relationships in Organisations: A Work Psychology Perspective,1 Rachel L. Morrison, Helena D. Cooper-Thomas and Susan Geertshuis explore the positive and negative effects of the workplace. Below, the authors outline some key research findings with regards to workplace relationships, and explore two salient topics relating to the use and misuse of power at work – bullying and influence tactics.


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A delightfully succinct insight into the many relationship types which exist at work.  Of particular interest, at this time, is the consignment of the bully into three categories - predatory, purposeful, and unaware.  This European Business Review article acknowledges that regular change is a breeding ground for the purposeful bully.   

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, November 14, 2013 9:23 AM

the book looks super promising!

Belkacem Nabout's curator insight, November 15, 2013 9:58 AM

Produits Universaliss Bank....Produits Universaliss Laboratory
http://www.universaliss.net/leader/trader/mpfr/belkacem1173

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Why Everybody's Going Freelance

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Whether they're getting forced out of their jobs or freeing themselves from their organizations 17 million Americans are going solo. Here's what that...
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With the rise in non-traditional work throughout Australia and the US it is interesting to explore the reasons and motivations.  This scoop identifies recognition and appreciation as one of the reasons freelance is becoming more attractive.  In Australia, there are similar interesting themes when it comes to on-hire or 'temporary' work in that one of the key motivations is being paid for the overtime being done.  

 

There's plenty to be learned from these themes for traditional workforce managers and external workforce managers alike! 

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The Evolution of Work

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Work is clearly evolving which means that we are seeing new technologies and behaviors enter our organizations. These new behaviors and technologies are largely being fueled by the consumer web and now organizations are struggling to adapt.

 

Over the past few months I explored the Five Trends Shaping The Future Of Work, The 5 Must-Have Qualities Of The Modern Manager, The 5 Must-Have Qualities Of The Modern Employee, and The 12 Habits Of Highly Collaborative Organizations.  I highly recommend you check out those articles but I also wanted to create something which visually shows how exactly work is evolving and what areas are being impacted.  To help do that my team from Chess Media Group and I put together a visual explaining the evolution of work.  A high level explanation for each area is provided below after the graphic.  Share it with your friends and colleagues who are seeking to understand how the world of work is changing.


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Workplaces of the future: Creating an elastic workplace

Workplaces of the future: Creating an elastic workplace | The Way We Work Today | Scoop.it

orkplace flexibility movement began to accommodate working mothers. Over time, flexibility options mushroomed: from compressed workweeks to job sharing, telecommuting to adjustable schedules, career lattices to career reentry. From its birth as an employee entitlement, workplace flexibility has grown to become a requirement for organizations that want to make the most of its people’s productivity.

 

While workplace flexibility is vital for many employees and a welcome option for others, it can be just as beneficial to organizations – but only if well executed. That means seeing it from a business strategy perspective. Technology made today’s brand of flexibility possible, but companies can’t view workplace flexibility is a management challenge. Leaders should be prepared to nurture and grow an effective flexible work environment over time – it can’t be left to chance.


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Australia, insurance, car, home, live, holidays

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6 Things that will Demoralise Staff

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This summary of the 6 things that will demoralise staff is simple yet, effective.  Whether you perpetually increase demands upon staff, micromanage, are never available or break trust it's time to go back to the basics and understand the impact it may have on your team.  These rules are future proof!

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Not your grandpa’s labor union - The Boston Globe

Not your grandpa’s labor union - The Boston Globe | The Way We Work Today | Scoop.it

Under this new regime, formal unionization is out of the question for millions of Americans. In response, the labor movement has begun to experiment with new possibilities for how workers might negotiate for better conditions. Beyond outside shots at unionization like that of the college football players, worker groups and labor advocates are exploring ways to harness collective action without the official bargaining rights that made unions such powerful institutions in the past.

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The future of unionisation in the US is real 'grass roots' stuff, or should I say 'viral ready video' stuff...

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Embrace The 'Work' In Work-Life Balance

Embrace The 'Work' In Work-Life Balance | The Way We Work Today | Scoop.it
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, former four-term President of the United States,  once said: “Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”  His wealth and his track record give credence to that advice. I second his feelings.  Nevertheless, many [...]
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US Research is 'stressing' the work in work-life balance.  Happy at work...happy in life?

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As Work Gets More Complex, 6 Rules To Simplify

Why do people feel so miserable and disengaged at work? Because today's businesses are increasingly and dizzyingly complex -- and traditional pillars of management are obsolete, says Yves Morieux. So, he says, it falls to individual employees to navigate the rabbit's warren of interdependencies. In this energetic talk, Morieux offers six rules for "smart simplicity."


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If you are a workforce manager and don't necessarily subscribe to the traditional hard (metrics, processes, systems) or soft (interpersonal feelings, traits) pillars of management you may enjoy Yves Morieux's take on the new simplicity.  Yves is a BCG Consultant and promotes a 'smart simplicity' which calls upon people at work to replace systems and processes with greater understanding of what others do at work, reinforcement of relationship integrators and improved feedback loops.  He argues this will promote better productivity and engagement however, I am left wondering whether it can apply to large workforces.  We're all suckers for simplicity.

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Christian Bartosik's curator insight, February 15, 2014 1:59 AM

Real battle not against competitors, but ourselves, our bureaucracy, our complicatedness.

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Here Are 11 Extremely Strange Jobs That No Longer Exist. #10 Is Just Downright Creepy.

Here Are 11 Extremely Strange Jobs That No Longer Exist. #10 Is Just Downright Creepy. | The Way We Work Today | Scoop.it
They're not so bad. Except number 10.
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Whilst I spend most of my working life (and some more) examining the future of work I couldn't go past this list of 11 extinct jobs.  Whilst number 10 conjurs up memories of KRudd's return to power, my favourite is the concept of having lectors read to the workforce to keep them entertained!  Anyone for 'The Slap', or would that perpetuate a bullying culture?

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The Vital Link Between Resilience & Your Bottom Line

The Vital Link Between Resilience & Your Bottom Line | The Way We Work Today | Scoop.it
If you think that stress in the workplace, employee engagement, and any other “soft” issues are secondary to the real focus of your business, think again.
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Whether because of the break down of barriers dividing life at work and life away from work, or the economic challenges of recent years, there appears to be a far greater expectation upon workers to 'suck it up'. However, many workers hit a point of saturation and their rejection of that expectation is communicated indirectly through the raising of what I call 'referred grievance'.  This article does a good job of highlighting the importance of ongoing engagement in order to promote resilience of your workforce.  In my opinion there is way too much focus on the 'resolution' aspects of the new FWC bullying jurisdiction, and far too little on the preventative.

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The Future Workplace

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The best workplaces allow employees to place themselves in whatever setting is most expedient for their tasks.

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Promoting a workplace culture where workers are able to place themselves in whatever setting they wish, in order to become expedient, is a great concept however, there is potential for workplace division where there is limited architecture an transparency around the policy and settings.  There are also implications for team development and performance management.

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My Future Office

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How do business school students imagine their future office environment? The question is an important one, not only for the students themselves but also for corporate real estate directors, human resources directors and property managers.

 

For corporate real estate directors and property managers, their goal is to manage or even reduce real estate costs while increasing productivity of office facilities and associated services. The Director of Human Resources is meanwhile looking for a work environment that will optimize staff performance, taking into account new ways of working like telecommuting, hot-desking and working from other locations outside the office.  These new ways of working have taken off in light of new technologies now at our disposal.


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Francois Brosseau's curator insight, August 13, 2014 6:20 PM

If some of your business objectives fall within the realm of recruting and retaining the best talent, optimizing performance and teamwork, minimizing costs, then making the right real estate decisions should be at the forefront of your concerns if you want to assure business success in the 21st century.  Although this study was conducted in France, it provides insight into Generation Y's expectations in terms of office space preferences.  It canvassed 500 students at the Grande Ecole ESSEC, but it might as well have been done in Montreal, Toronto or Quebec City.  As technology and social media continue to shape our workhabits and the way we communicate, it is constantly reshaping how we cohabitate and utilize our work environments. But moreover it raises the question of which are the key decisions you should be making to cater to the fastest growing segment of our worforce and our future business leaders - Generation Y.