2. The standard model of work: a clinical diagnosis
The way in which work itself is understood and organized will, for better or worse, largely determine the human character of the workplace. In this chapter I will argue that the model of work that dominates modern workplaces is a vestigial oddity, now over a century old, that is incapable of meeting the demands of modern life, is wasteful of human capabilities, and is damaging to human well-being.
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1. The fractured workplace and its remedies: the argument
Organizations are many things: buildings, equipment, bank accounts, knowledge, systems, images, achievements. Before anything else, however, organizations are people. It’s said, “Our people are our greatest resource”; but all too often it’s a rhetorical gesture, unmatched by action.