By Alison Maitland

ISBN-10: 1137367164

ISBN-13: 9781137367167

ISBN-10: 134947441X

ISBN-13: 9781349474417

The method we paintings is past due for switch. This newly up to date advisor to the demanding situations you are going to face within the twenty first century global of labor units out a compelling case for switch in organizational cultures and dealing practices to spice up output, reduce expenditures, supply staff extra freedom over how they paintings and give a contribution to a greener economy.

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They have the knowledge, they have the resources, we 18 Future Work just have to empower, engage and enable them to use it. ’29 By agreeing what needs to be achieved, managers can set their employees free from the constraints of ‘presenteeism’ – the belief that they must be present in the workplace, often for long hours, regardless of whether there is work to do – and allow them to work more productively. Trusting people to act as adults, and enabling them to decide the best way to do their job, including the ‘where’ and ‘when’, is the secret of success.

It can liberate individuals and give them more balanced lives – or it can extend work into times and places that people would prefer to reserve for leisure. It can be a catalyst for empowering new work styles, but it can also be an instrument for the employer to monitor and control employees more closely. It improves communications, speeds up business processes and increases efficiency – but it can also turn jobs into boring, repetitive tasks. Call centers, for example, can resemble nineteenthcentury factories where employees mindlessly follow instructions.

The US Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 provides for parental leave for serious medical conditions, but this is unpaid and does not cover all workers. Many countries provide paid paternity leave, but the US does not. 10 The 1980s and 1990s saw a series of legislative changes in most Western countries that made employment fairer and increasingly ‘family friendly’. These reflected changing attitudes in society toward work. No longer was it a male preserve. Women could have a career and a family.

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