Magazine article New Zealand Management

IN TOUCH : Winning Workers

Magazine article New Zealand Management

IN TOUCH : Winning Workers

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Workers aspire to live lives they have reason to value, says a researcher from Victoria University.

Dr Jane Bryson says her research study showed workers want to be capable humans Co not just skill sets for the workplace. C[pounds sterling]Human contributions to society are not solely through work, and organisational contributions to society are not solely economic,C[yen] she says.

BrysonCOs team ran a five-year research project exploring the conditions that are required to get the best out of people in the workplace. Employers need a focus on human capability to ensure their workers are happy and their organisation is productive long term, the university research found.

She says that other than legal compliance, there is currently no accepted set of principles guiding employers. C[pounds sterling]Management and human resource management practices are largely buffeted along on the tide of Cybest practiceCO, personal beliefs, or meeting the demands of a business strategy, where the needs of business survival and shareholder prosperity often outweigh other considerations. Hence, good managers and supervisors sometimes find themselves in the situation of being Cycustodians of bad practiceCO. …

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