Photo: Thorben Albrecht
A podcast interview with Thorben Albrecht
In a one of a kind process, the German Federal government involved its 80 million citizens in co-creating the future of work. The process, which started in late 2014, involved experts, citizens, business, trade unions and artists, and culminated in a policy White paper at the end of 2016. Taking us into the details of Arbeiten 4.0, or Work 4.0 is Thorben Albrecht, Permanent State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs in Germany.
Anyone who followed the process since the beginning, perhaps at the annual Zukunft Personal HR exhibition in Cologne, where the Ministry and the stakeholders regularly presented the progress of the Work 4.0 dialogue, surely gets a sense of the forward-looking and innovative nature of this initiative. Perhaps one of the key aspects worth mentioning is the underlying motivating factor, namely not to let technological change shape the way people work and live, but to be more in control of these changes and trends, and find out first how do people want to live and work, and then ensure that technological change is an enabler for that.
Could it be really possible that almost everything your organisation is doing to promote learning and development is a waste of time? Why is it that innovation and learning programmes don’t deliver the land of promise that is coupled with innovative, talented and self-driven colleagues?
To deliver increased productivity, organisations must be in a constant state of adaptation, planned and unplanned learning. The concept that is often left behind from this track of thought is unlearning. Why is this approach crucial? Why is it so relevant for any organisation to adapt its HR practices? Buckle up, in this post we will walk you through unlearning.
I would like to start this post by asking you to take a moment to think about a number of experiences you had recently, along the next paragraphs:
Think back for a moment: when was the last time you experienced great customer service? Did you buy something online, or went to an actual shop? Did you receive all the information you needed, on time, to make the right decision? Were you able even online to ask questions and be directed to the product that is right for you?
From fruit-baskets to corporate yoga classes, meditation rooms to mindful emails and meetings, the offer for wellbeing initiatives is growing exponentially. As HR professionals are bombarded by sales e-mails and calls with an overwhelming number of apps, fitness and health trackers, coaching and mindfulness training, concierge services and ergonomics, it is increasingly difficult to make the right choices, and use the scarce resources in the best possible way to maximise the benefit for employees.
As there are still a couple of months before the Zukunft Personal 3 days event in Köln, there are a lot of things you can do to be prepared, to make sure you make the most out of the presentations and the exhibition, by understanding your organisation’s needs first, so when you arrive in Köln, you will know what to look for.
Elon Musk famously said: “If something is important enough you should try, even if the probable outcome is failure.” In today’s VUCA world, there are hardly any guarantees anymore. Just as Whatsapp and other messaging services have bitten out billions from large established Telecom companies’ revenues, established businesses and sure-fire branches are under threat every day. If it’s not the curly haired guys in a garage, it may be an advertising fiasco, a new regulation, changing technologies, and even ageing population.
Photo: Gunter Dueck, CommonLense.de
Interview with Gunter Dueck, mathematician, author, philosopher and future thinker
Anyone experiencing Gunter Dueck, the long-standing IBM manager, mathematician, author and star guest at many conferences and congresses, live for the first time, may wonder if they are hearing satire or simply harsh reality. We also experienced two different sides to him in the interview prior to his keynote speech at the exhibition Zukunft Personal. One moment he may be chuckling at his own explanations and in the next breath, he will be deeply philosophical. We talked to him about why it makes sense to have network-organisations today and what metawork means in human resource management. We hope you enjoy reading it! >>MORE>>
Companies are under pressure to come up with innovations: strategic investments in holistically designed working worlds aim to strengthen competitiveness. In the exhibition area “Workplace of the Future | Design by HCD”, the Zukunft Personal is developing visions for the working world of the future in the Koelnmesse from 18 to 20 October. In cooperation with the company HCD Planungsgesellschaft, Europe’s largest exhibition for human resource management is giving visitors the opportunity to experience individual room and design concepts live for the first time on an area of more than 500 square metres.
Photo: Stephanie Cherrin
Interview with Stephanie Cherrin, Investment and Program Manager for hub:raum Tel Aviv (Deutsche Telekom AG)
Tel Aviv has an impressive start-up scene: new businesses seem to shoot up like mushrooms. Around 1,000 of the total 3,400 start-ups in Israel are located in Tel Aviv – one start-up per 431 inhabitants (as at 2015). So Israel’s boom town is an interesting “innovation playground” for several international companies. One of them is Deutsche Telekom. We talked to Stephanie Cherrin, Investment and Program Manager for hub:raum, a kind of start-up network of the telecommunications company. She explains why Tel Aviv is a paradise for entrepreneurs and how established enterprises can profit from a cooperation with (Israeli) start-ups. >>MORE>>
Foto: Dan Price
Interview with Dan Price, Founder and CEO of Gravity Payments
While some people live at subsistence levels in spite of long and hard working hours, others are rewarded handsomely for similar tasks. Equal pay for equal work is rarely reality. A businessman in the United States refused to accept this and came up with a “crazy” idea: he renounced his million-dollar salary to pay each of his employees at least 70,000 dollars. With his announcement he unleashed a broad debate on the extent to which money is a motivating factor and whether profit as the unique corporate goal has become obsolete. We spoke with Dan Price, CEO of Gravity Payments, who is one of the keynote speakers at Zukunft Personal, the HRM Expo, in Cologne this October. >>MORE>>
Adventure digitalisation: but where does that leave the employees? Photo: Anne Spratt, StockSnap.io
Everyone’s talking about digitalisation and Work 4.0. No doubt about it, this subject is a must for human resource managers and other “work designers”, especially as they are still not putting on a particularly good show (see the example given here). Despite all the eagerness to move forwards, we would like to remind everyone of the main point and purpose of this venture: technology is supposed to serve people, i.e. the employees. Are we in danger of forgetting the employees by being preoccupied with digitalisation? We want to take a closer look at this question inspired by the main theme of the exhibition Zukunft Personal, ”Work 4.0 – The Employee Experience”. We hereby call upon everyone to take part in the Blog Carnival: Digital Employee Experience #DigiEmX.