Work & Organizations
Research has shown that commitment and well-being at work are fostered by a sense of being treated fairly, and that withdrawal or antagonistic behaviours stem from a sense of being treated unfairly. However, feeling fairly treated is not limited to “a fair pay for a fair day of work”. It also relates to the way in which decision-making processes and human interactions are assessed. A two-step heuristic process has thus been developed to help managers build environments that employees consider fairer.
One of the key challenges for start-ups and entrepreneurs who are not privileged enough to already have large sums of money at their disposal, is acquiring the vital funds needed to transform their ideas into reality. There are many ways to attempt to obtain this funding such as personal connections, crowdfunding or government start-up schemes, what these methods have in common is they all involve trying to persuade others that your product or service is worth investing in.
Work is changing and so is society as a whole. Debates on its future have been particularly animated over the past three years, (re)launched by discussions on digital technologies, self-employment, individuals with multiple careers (slashers), universal income, or questions of new forms of management, solidarity and governance.
Whilst policies have now been implemented to create gender equality, there are other under-represented groups who experience significant barriers in reaching the top, and receive little support in tackling them – one of which, being migrants.
Many people are announcing the end of management. For some, management can no longer be viewed as the formalisation of delegated decision. For others, the increased complexity of companies implies that managers will disappear to give free rein to local initiatives.
From large groups to start-ups, virtual multicultural teams are no longer the exception. Employees are required to work remotely. They need to take time differences into account when they interact and internet communication limits their ability to decode messages.
One of the main features of the processes initiated by the expansion of digitalisation and the development of artificial intelligence, which is currently establishing itself as the only and inevitable means of “progress” in the future, is the desire to conquer and “ideologically” transform managers and organisations portrayed as “ill-adapted, or even obsolete”.
We’ve all heard how job hopping is the ‘new normal’ for young workers. How millennials expect to be challenged, supported and validated in their role – and that if an employer doesn’t provide these things they will simply jump ship to something new. Young workers are connected and agile – moving from one position to the next doesn’t faze them.
“They could see that I was there to make them grow”, “I can’t get my subordinates to do any work”, and so on. These types of comments from company managers in the French expatriate community raise serious questions about the way that they envisage relations with their foreign colleagues.
In his speeches, President Macron repeatedly refers to the concepts of “ability” and “enablement”. The idea of working to improve each person’s freedom and ability to act is a political issue that also directly affects management practices and corporate history.
Small and medium-sized B2B companies are the backbone of the European economy – but many are struggling to digitize. Some question the (often considerable) expense, others state that it’s just not necessary for their business or fear the resistances related to new habits and competencies that new technologies require.
As a sociologist, David Courpasson studies new forms of organizations in the workplace and their impact on day-to-day workers’ lives. Here, he points out the paradox between everyone’s perception of a modern workplace, source of engagement and strong involvement, and employees’ ordinary mutual insensitivity.[…]
Why resistance persists in the workplace… and why it might actually be good for companies!
How do feelings of justice and injustice play a role in employees’ commitment in their work? What are they characterized by? Concretely, what actions can a manager take to manage fairly?
Ask most UK business heads – or indeed anyone who reads the newspaper – whether women managers are paid equally to men, and you‘ll be told that the country’s much-discussed gender pay gap reaches right up to the top.
The way business people use their voices during high-level negotiations is critical to determining success. They could learn a lot from how military and police negotiators speak in extreme situations such as during hostage negotiations.