Understanding Gen Y: Part 1
I recently came across an article written by a young man who identified himself as Gen Y (those born between the mid-1980s and 2000). His article reflected on the life of his mother who had served her main profession and few employers continuously and steadfastly throughout her adult life towards the aim of enjoying a […]
What should we do about the job problem?
Reporters, statisticians, economists and demographers are predicting the demise of jobs, millions of jobs. According to futurist Thomas Frey, 2 billion jobs will disappear by 2030. Whether you believe all the data or not it is clear that changes, mostly due to technology, in the structure of the labour market have already been significant. In […]
The workforce talent quest (why Gen Y don’t want to be ‘retained’)
Most employers agree: retaining talent is at the top of their list of HR priorities. Talent retention is part of the traditional HR approach to people management: ‘resources’ that can be ‘gained, trained, maintained and retained’. Having established the organisational hierarchy and work flow, the cog that fits in that wheel is able to be […]
This article was first written at the height of the GFC – we have not advanced much since then. This blog is about the state of work – often a sorry state of work. When times are tough, as they presently are, we are more protective of work: as employees of the jobs we have; […]
Engagement: masturbating employee satisfaction
Just over 100 years ago while much of the Western world was enjoying unprecedented growth brought about by the industrial revolution, the medical profession was treating women afflicted by a particular malady, female hysteria, that was thought to be caused by abnormal movements of the uterus. By late 1800s it had become something of a […]
The day following the blog post, “HR: Morally Culpable?” an article appeared in the business publication, In The Black, entitled Are You Guilty of Moral Blindness? Article author, Eva Tsahuridu, writes: Generally, when we assess unethical behaviour, we tend to see it as rational and intentional. Sometimes it may not be so because of […]
HR: morally culpable?
Five years after the start of the Great Recession, the toll is terrifyingly clear: Millions of middle-class jobs have been lost in developed countries the world over. And the situation is even worse than it appears. Most of the jobs will never return, and millions more are likely to vanish as well, say experts who […]
Another blog on people and work, and the concept of collateral gains
It’s already a crowded space, the many articles and writings available, full of ideas and opinions on what makes the intersection of employment and people successful. Amongst them all is there room for yet another blog? The fact that employment continues to be plagued with difficulties: disengagement, unemployment, underemployment, skills shortages and bullying, for instance, […]