Humans are wired to follow the path of least resistance. If one doesn’t have to do something, he or she will not do it. Technology has enabled humans to work from coffee shops and from home, reducing the need to go to work. The very meaning of work has changed for modern day workers where the workplace is no more a physical space.
WORK, WORKERS & WORKPLACES: BOOK REVIEW
- Author: Parthajeet Sarma
- Release: May 24, 2018
- Pages: 88
- Genre: Non Fiction
- Publisher: BecomeShakespear.com
- Language: English
- Audience: Corporate Leaders, Not for an average reader
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Humans are wired to follow the path of least resistance. If one doesn’t have to do something, he or she will not do it. Technology has enabled humans to work from coffee shops and from home, reducing the need to go to work. The very meaning of work has changed for modern day workers where the workplace is no more a physical space. The new workplace is a blended space of the physical and the digital.
The subconscious mind is like cruise control for humans and shapes behavior. The environment that one is in conditions the mind. At work, the workplace environment conditions quality of thinking. For organizations in a collaboration economy today, productivity depends on the quality of thinking, and not so much on efficiency. The blended workplace is the starting point of innovation for organizations that believe in innovation.
Parthajeet Sarma delves into psychology, human evolution and science to draw connections with greatly changed expectations from work. In his third book, Parthajeet espouses the need for management to get out of codified theories. This facilitates a macro view, leading to a radical new meaning of work, workers and workplaces that is aligned with the organization’s vision for the future.
Work, Workers and Workplaces is a non fiction book penned by Chevening scholar, award winning innovator and entrepreneur Parthajeet Sarma. This book is divided into three sections.
Section 1 talks about what is Blended physical and digital work space and how changing nature of work and workers due to massive technological changes raise the need for blended work spaces.
Section 2 deals with importance of identifying the organisations and employees who would be most suitable to work in such blended workspaces and how it would positively impact their performance at work.
Finally section 3 helps in providing a few pointers and suggestions on how such work places can be integrated into current organisations.
This book provides an insight into how technological innovations and ease of communication have impacted the traditional work places. It also addressed the fear amongst workers for unemployment and machines taking up their jobs. But the author argues that “while the machines will take up the automated knowledge based work, the skill which will be high in demand for humans would be something that machines can not do. This is work effectively with other humans.” Hence more and more value would be based on creativity based jobs and while the nature of work will change for humans, there would be no fear of losing the employment to machines.
Author also comments on how Carrot and Stick approach of twentieth century are obsolete and in order to have the creative juices of workers flowing and keep them constantly motivated, there is a need to have a workplace which stimulate their creativity and give them an environment which is conducive to collaboration.
It is a very forward thinking book and being from a business academic background, it is very interesting to see the commentary on management theories of twentieth century and how they are no longer effective in bringing niche to workplace. I also applaud the author for commenting on the need of management to cater to employees in order to increase their productivity, something which have been overlooked by the decision makers for a long time. Finally it describes the role that interior decorators, architects and other stakeholders can play in designing the offices and truly making it a blended work place.
It is not a very long read and very too the point. Despite that it took me a long time to finish since author have packed in a lot of information to digest in 88 pages. Many compelling examples and various studies which help understand the human behavior. This helps to find effective solutions to problems faced at the work place.
This book is not for an average reader but for someone who specifically is looking to understand the psychology of the workers and work places and various factors that come into play in terms of the performance.
It is highly recommended for corporate leaders and entrepreneurs of startups who would find it extremely relevant to their day to day business.
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