Do We Really Need to Work?

Unemployment has been on the rise lately, pretty much anywhere. We could attribute this to the economic crisis, but economies (except for some parts of Europe) have been growing. Even those parts of Europe which haven’t been growing have shown an increase in unemployment that does not mirror the decrease in GDP.

Interesting blog On David Yerle Writes

Do We Really Need to Work?.

Wel werk, geen banen. Veel kruimels maken een brood

Glenn van der Burg's Blog

De ontwikkelingen in de arbeidsmarkt staat op een scharnierpunt. De werkloosheid loopt snel op tot schrikbarende getallen en percentages. 7,5% werkloosheid, 15% onder jongeren en 28,4% onder allochtone jongeren. Aan de andere kant maken werkgevers zich nog steeds zorgen over het toekomstige arbeidspotentieel van ondermeer technisch geschoold personeel. Maar ook de werkdruk binnen veel organisatie is groot. Ik zie dan ook dat er wel veel werk is, maar niet veel banen.

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Het werk is versnipperd, verdeeld en daarom blijft het maar even liggen. Of het nu het bijwerken van de website, het starten met social media, het opschonen van het archief, het updaten van de computers of uitwerken van nieuwe ideeën is. Werk dat best wel even kan wachten en op de korte termijn geen omzet, winst of verlies oplevert. Want het uitzetten van het werk kost eerst een investering van een collega. Ondernemers houden dus gewoon de…

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Utopia, Dystopia, and the Future of Work

Talent Vanguard

I think a lot about the future.  And although I’m not that old, I’ve already learned that the future, when one gets there, differs from the idea of the future in ways that are unexpected and impossible to predict. I think it’s this ‘certain uncertainty’ that drives us to continually envision possible futures. But these visions, fed by our past experiences and current outlook, often tell us more about our present selves than they do about where we’ll actually end up.

I’ve been reading a lot of superb, thought-provoking visions of the future of work and Human Resources from others recently, and grappling with what they might mean for us as employees, managers and HR professionals. The difference between many of these possible realities is vast, but this shouldn’t surprise us- humanity’s visions of the future are often shaped by the contrasting themes of utopia and dystopia.

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4 Day Work Week…Would It Really Be So Bad?

Gen Y Girl

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The workforce is a scary place right now.

Really, it is.

For those unemployed, it seems like it’ll take a miracle of God to find a job.

And for those of us who DO have jobs, we hope and we pray that we’ll be able to keep them.

Even GREAT organizations…even organizations that have been recognized for their financial stability… right now, they’re having to deal with not-so-great stuff like budget cuts and layoffs.

Take a look at the equation below, it’s pretty simple.

Budget cuts + fear of layoffs = unhappy, scared, & unproductive employees

Ask any employer.

I was thinking about this yesterday because I came across the term “Furlough Fridays.”

For those of you who don’t know, the term “furlough” is essentially a leave of absence, a vacation, a holiday. You’ll hear this term a lot these days because many government employers are implementing “furloughs”.

They’re mandating that employees take time off…

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