Written by Jasmin

Implementing "New Work" in everyday work

New Work - what does that actually mean?

Translated from English, the term New Work means: "New Work". This is a different basis and perspective of “work” today, which has changed significantly due to digitization. The basis for the New Work movement was the philosopher Frithjof Bergmann. Early in the 1970s, he began to publicly discuss and question the job system and the effects of wage labor that the majority of humanity does.

The implementation of New Work requires new leadership

For the correct and optimal implementation, it is necessary to build structures that enable quick and well-chosen decisions. New ideas are created from the bottom up and no longer find their arrangement from top to bottom.

Employees are given the task of thinking the impossible by their superiors. In order to be able to create hitherto unknown innovations, it is a priority to go beyond the mental limits that you set yourself at the beginning.

Flexibility of working conditions and structures through different working hours and places of work

In order to be able to reconcile the organization of the time for family and work, many companies rely on the flexibilization of working conditions for their employees. However, a company's freedom of design is determined by several company-specific factors.

For a production company this can be, for example, the necessary runtime of the machines. For an insurance company, this would affect the continuous availability of customers and their order requests. However, employee-specific factors also play a major role. The performance and experience as well as the individual living conditions are decisive.

Depending on the industry, certain limits are set for companies in terms of adapting flexible working conditions and structures. So-called working time accounts already ensure very good experiences in some companies. With this approach, it is possible, for example, to adapt the monthly working hours of an employee more flexibly to job-related differences. In the event of a collapse in orders, employee time credits can be offset for the first time.

Especially in today's times of digitization, it is possible to do the work from home because of the flexibility of the place of work. Due to the guaranteed and structural distribution of tasks and a stable exchange of information between the company and employees, it is even possible in practice to do the specified work while traveling. Provided there is a laptop with access to the Internet.

The pros and cons

The advantages that result from this can be seen, among other things, in the fact that the hired employees can clearly develop more freely because, for example, working from the home office saves the usually long way to work. The costs for the train, bus or fuel costs for the car, which would otherwise be incurred, are also eliminated.

This flexible design often ensures that higher performance and productivity can be achieved. The company itself saves, among other things, the costs for office space made available.

The disadvantages result from the fact that the specifications must be passed on in a very clear and clearly structured manner. Even after detailed agreements and rules in which the goals and work tasks are clearly formulated, clarification is necessary with regard to accessibility within a realistic time frame. The separation between work and private life is also a challenge for people who want to work mobile and flexible.

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