WORK, WORKERS & WORKPLACES – Book Review

  • Author: Parthajeet Sarma
  • Genre:  Business, Strategy & Management Non-Fiction
  • Paperback: 110 pages
  • Publisher: Becomeshakespeare.com (24 May 2018)
  • Language: English

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Humans are wired to follow the path of least resistance. If one doesn’t have to do something, he or she will not do it. Technology has enabled humans to work from coffee shops and from home, reducing the need to go to work. The very meaning of work has changed for modern-day workers where the workplace is no more physical space. The new workplace is a blended space of the physical and the digital. The subconscious mind is like cruise control for humans and shapes behavior. The environment that one is in conditions the mind. At work, the workplace environment conditions quality of thinking. For organizations in a collaboration economy today, productivity depends on the quality of thinking, and not so much on efficiency. The blended workplace is the starting point of innovation for organizations that believe in innovation. Parthajeet Sarma delves into psychology, human evolution and science to draw connections with greatly changed expectations from work. In his third book, Parthajeet espouses the need for management to get out of codified theories. This facilitates a macro view, leading to a radically new meaning of work, workers, and workplaces that are aligned with the organization’s vision for the future.

My Review

This book is an attempt to identify the changing dynamics of work, workers & workplaces. In the changing times, the nature of work has been changing and so changes its requirements. Each work has a unique factor in itself and needs to have a specific kind of workplace. The book talks at a stretch about driving innovation at the workplace using space.

The book is divided into three sections which kickstart with what changing of space means? The author mentions how technology could be the integrator and must not be applied blindly. He emphasizes Technology can only aid business processes if its application is relevant in given context and it is integrated with the organization’s vision. 

The author then extends the discussion to why altering space is crucial. He rests his case on a collaborative and open workplace according to human psyche and gender. Each one of us has a different sort of creativity and thus should be provided with an environment which is conducive for our growth and performance. And then he furthers his point to how can we deal with the radically changing nature of work, workers & workplaces. The deliberation focusses on the importance of distraction and sleeping in stimulating the creativity.  We need technological innovations, co-working spaces, and new products & services. We need to redesign our workplaces according to the nature of our work. Thus, the book is a think tank which makes the reader ponder over vital aspects of working in a professional environment.

Being a non-fiction book, it is difficult for every reader to strike a chord with it. Moreover, the book is more suitable for people belonging to the working class. However, to gain an insight into the importance of innovation at workplaces this book could be read. The language is simple and comprehensible. The points covered were nice along with an explanation to substantiate them. In all, the book is good for people who love to delve in human psychology to bring more visible performance at the workplace.

MY RATING: 3.5/ 5


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