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Rethinking work

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At Even It Up! we are watching with concern the numbers of jobs that are being shed by major corporations over the last couple of months.  We blogged about it recently, predicting that corporations would be rubbing their hands with glee over the possibility of being able to rid themselves of those pesky profit drainers, also known as staff.  Interestingly, Pacific Brands (Bonds, Berlei etc.) have copped a staggering amount of criticism (and rightly so) because of their recent attempt to shed staff (and send work offshore) while paying CEOs in the millions, and forking out hundred of thousands of dollars on sponsoring the Melbourne Fashion Festival.  Check out what came up when we Googled  pacific brands outrage.

Unfortunately, there is little that can be done, and despite the Australian government’s rhetoric that “any job lost is one job too many”, workers really are powerless to stop it.  All they can do is really try and anticipate if their job in their industry will be affected, and jump before they are pushed.

However, there is one way for workers to beat the corporations at their own game: portfolio work.   Take on a number of part-time roles rather than focus on finding one full-time job.  Statistics are showing that part-time work is on the rise, so why not rethink your approach to work and cash in?  Even It Up! believes it’s easier to replace one part-time income of $150 than one full-time income of $650.

And watch out for the growing trend of hyperjobs.  Futurists are predicting that traditional, white collars jobs will disappear as automation takes over, and those who can harness the “soft skills” will benefit.  Richard W Samson, in an article he wrote for The Futurist explains:

Hyperjobs will be based on five key “aliveness skills” and three supporting or enabling ones. The five key skills are:

1. Discovery, finding the “why” of things in science, business, or daily life.

2. Creativity, fashioning something new in one’s head.

3. Implementation, making the fruits of creativity real in the world.

4. Influence, interacting with others to inspire, direct, or empower.

5. Physical action, interacting with things or the body in mindful ways.

The enabling skills, which power the five key aliveness skills, are:

1. Basic mental skills, such as perception, classification, and emotional release.

2. Symbolic thinking and interpretation, including language, mathematics, and scientific notation.

3. Responsibility, including global consciousness, ethics, and a religious sense.

Career success in the new millennium will depend on shifting one’s focus away from the list of things electronic intelligence does best and toward the things only self-aware humans can do.

Read the full article here.  What is interesting is that hyperworkers will embrace the portfolio concept, and work for more than one business, enterprise or organisation.

Now all we have to do is convince the ATO that two or more part-time jobs does not a tax grab make!  Tax reform anyone?

Written by evenitup

March 14, 2009 at 10:17 am

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