Work without Boundaries: Psychological Perspectives on the New Working Life

Work without Boundaries: Psychological Perspectives on the New Working Life

Work without Boundaries: Psychological Perspectives on the New Working Life

Work without Boundaries: Psychological Perspectives on the New Working Life

Synopsis

Drawing on more than a decade of inter-disciplinary research, this book provides a comprehensive overview of the available theories, concepts, data and research on new work organizations and the concept of 'work without boundaries'.
  • Explores a concept of work that is not restricted by traditional organizational rules like regular office hours, a single workplace, fixed procedures and limited responsibility
  • Provides a comprehensive overview of the available theories, concepts, data and research on new work organizations
  • Examines the shift of power away from organizations to make individuals accountable for their own employability and work
  • Draws on over a decade of original research into 'work without boundaries' in which the authors are key authorities
  • Brings together organization theory and work psychology with scholarship from related fields including sociology, social psychology, cognition and psychobiology

Excerpt

Studs Terkel as long ago as 1979, in his acclaimed book Working, wrote that “work is about a search for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor, in short, for a sort of life rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying.” Over thirty years later, we are revisiting what work should be about today, and in the future. Work Without Boundaries is an excellent example of this, highlighting where we are, and what our priorities should be for the new world of work. This is extremely important, at a time when we are struggling to cope with the aftermath of the recession and the consequences this had, and will continue to have, on working people not only in the developed world but also in the developing world as well.

The post-recession world will mean that there will be fewer people doing more work, with the demands of new technology and global competition adversely affecting their work and private lives. This book attempts to identify the fundamental drivers of change, the issues that workers at all levels will have to face, and how we should restructure our organizations and working lives to confront these challenges. in the developed world, we will increasingly become a knowledge-based and service-based economy, where technology will play an increasing role in changing the face and composition of our workplaces. This will mean greater demands on the individual worker, the family, and the relationship between the individual and their employing organization. the demands, and in many cases the lack of control over these events, will mean that the stress levels are likely to rise in the foreseeable future, at a time when every person will count toward achieving organizational goals but there will be fewer of them (in an effort to keep the labor costs down to compete with cheaper labor from the Far East and developing world).

These trends have massive implications for the work organization of the future (Cooper et al., 2009). This will inevitably mean that workplaces will have to be more flexible in their approach to their workforce, in terms of . . .

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