Too many employers are poorly equipped to weather the recession
because they use workers’ skills and talents poorly, tie them up in
rules and procedures and give them little say over how they do their
work, according to The Work Foundation.
To keep job losses to a minimum, it said, organisations should be
taking full advantage of widespread opportunities to give people more
responsibility, move away from rules and procedure-based workplace
cultures, and reorganise work and use new technologies to give in
dividuals more flexibility over hours.
“More autonomy for people and less-intensive management should
be the order of the day – in other words greater use of the principles of
good work,” said Ian Brinkley, associate director at The Work Foundation.