Reduced workweek experiment fails

Around the world there has been a call to reduce the number of hours that people work. This was for a variety of reasons such as more family time, more recreation, better balance between work and non-work, and just a better quality of life. France tried it and mandated a 35 hour workweek. But a …

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Future Friday: The rise of conflicting trends

As we move into a new “generation” era I see conflicting trends arising in the workplace. The wants and desires of workers don’t mesh with the wants and desires that our government perceives we have. Individual identity is being subsumed into the collective. There is a desire for protection from the evils of the world, …

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Future Friday: Has the future of work been dealt a setback?

In the past several years there has been a great deal written about the changing world of work. Tom Peter’s talked about it when he discussed “You, Inc.”; Dan Pink wrote about it in Drive! and I have written about it numerous times in my Future Friday posts. We have seen the reference to the …

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Future Friday: Will HR be irrelevant in a virtual office?

In the changing world of work more and more companies are trending to virtual work. The need for offices and gathering points for workers will diminish, though not go away entirely. That trend however, raises the question about the importance of HR in a virtual company. It may be possible that the human resources function …

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Future Friday: The Demise of Pay for Time

  I have written several times on the concept of Results only work environments (ROWE). You can see that here, here and here. I think it is a great concept but I have noted that most organizations will have a difficult time instituting because of the way we currently have to pay people. One futurist …

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Can we make Results Only Work Environments Work?

  Jody Thompson, the president of Culturex, said in a presentation to the 2013 Benefits Forum and Expo, that we need a workplace where “Each person is free to do whatever they want whenever they want as long as the work gets done” according to writer Kathleen Koster. It sounds great, but I have to …

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Obsolescence will eat your lunch.

Friend and fellow HR blogger Ben Eubanks posted the following point in a blog post entitled 4 Things Great HR Pros Know. He said “Obsolescence will eat your lunch.” That was his fourth point. The other ones are good too, but I will let you read those. I am going to talk about this one. …

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Unlimited Vacation: Will It Work For Your Company?

I think most if not all employees would love to work for a company where they had unlimited vacation. What a great benefit, it would certainly make it easier to recruit employees. More and more articles are appearing in business magazines and blogs touting unlimited vacation time. The question is, will it work for your …

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