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Crafting work in high-performance environments: Sisyphos reconsidered

We’re delighted to welcome Prof. Stefan Klein back to UCD to give a research seminar on Monday 9 May.

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When

May 09, 2016
from 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM

Where

Room Q233, Lochlann Quinn Building

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Stefan’s talk will be entitled: Crafting work in high-performance environments: Sisyphos reconsidered

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Abstract

Technology has afforded flexible and highly decentralized models of work and have built a performance based management culture around it. Typically, employees are well equipped with up to date devices and gadgets in order to facilitate a nomadic workstyle but also to enable communication whenever it may be needed. The organizational framework, the freedom to craft one’s work and the customer focus, resembles that of self-employed individuals and have contradictory effects: they are embraced as liberating and empowering on the one side and relentless and prone to self-endangering work practices on the other.

The talk will introduce an ongoing study in collaboration with IBM that combines biometric measurements with qualitative analysis of individuals, which have been recognized as high performers. We are trying to identify pattern of sustainable work, in other words, how do individuals craft their work so that it affords wellbeing? Conceptually we draw on Antonovsky’s (1979) concept of “salutogenesis” and the notion of crafting work (Wrzesniewski, A., & Dutton, J. E. 2001).

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All welcome (please circulate).

With good wishes

Séamas

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