What happens next when societal changes hit the workplace?


Today, the second most popular e-learning course on LinkedIn, which is the largest and most heavily trafficked English-language business-oriented website in the world is ‘Unconscious Bias’.

The course looks exceptionally well made and this post is certainly not meant to be a judgement on the quality of the course; the teachings; or the wider need for this, or other similar courses within the business environment. It is however quite startling that it is the 2nd most viewed course, just behind one about increasing morning productivity.

Whether this is merely fashion, or the sign of decadence, the priorities within business seem to have morphed from the tangible, such as how to grow profitability, manage clients, learn hard skills… to the intangible. The very softest of soft-skills.

It is easy to write-off this change, depending upon your own inherent biases and where you appear on the Nolan chart.

It just seems that this is profound societal change, happening right now. One that favours large corporates over the small business and bootstrapped start-up. A change that should be discussed in far more detail than it is.

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Why it is not discussed is almost as fraught and controversial an issue as the actual topic of change itself. Its the threat of cancel culture.

Example questions all should all be asking ourselves:

  • What happens to the tangible?
  • What happens when legislation and red tape increases to follow the trend?
  • What happens to competitiveness on an international scale?
  • Will this all lead to increased protectionism by countries?
  • What happens to tangible innovation and progress?
  • Will change create a more meritocratic and fairer society, with an increased quality of life for all?
  • Will it drive activism and more unionisation within the workplace?
  • Will it speed the uptake of automation in the workplace and thus lead to fewer jobs and the need for a Universal Basic Income?
  • Will it lead to yet more corporatism within the economy?
  • Will it lead to even more of the failed managerialism we see at the large consultancies, not-for-profits and financial institutions?

Whatever your political outlook, it is all all very interesting. The topic deserves thought and consideration. It is too easy to dismiss as poisonous.

Jobs, the nature of the start-up ecosystem and the economic future of the world depend upon it.

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