Employers squander workers’ talents

by 31 Mar 2009

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.


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