In an article published by CCH on 10/6/05, Helen Trinica, editor of AFR
BOSS Magazine, and deputy editor Catherine Fox speaking at the Annual
HR Institute Convention in Sydney commented on the changing world of
"Trinica noted that while, historically, work was seen as oppressive
and adversarial, with a 'worker v bosses' attitudes due to Australia's
history of strong unionism, it Â has now become the centre of our
lives. People work to give their lives reason and meaning, and in many
cases work has become a substitute for religion and family.
"The greater involvement in the world of Â will result in a greater
commitment to changing the way we work.
"According to Trinica, with workers more involved that ever before in
the world of work, they want a pleasant work environment Â and are
interested, for example, in sorting out pathological workplaces because
they are not prepared to quarantine work from the rest of their lives.
"Similarly, the demand for flexibility embeds work in our existence.
With more and more people committing to the workforce, flexibility is
something thatÂ will have to be considered to allow work to mesh
with the rest of our lives.
"Technology has also contributed to blurring the lines between work and
home. On the one hand workers are now contactable anywhere and at any
time, but at the same time our personal lives have spilled over into
the workplace, with more and more work time being spend on personal
issues such as online transacting.
"Further changes will come about due to more women entering the
workforce and also the different expectations of generation Y. Women
articulate the role of parents, while younger generation Y workers want
places that are enjoyable to work in. They also expect acknowledgement
for Â everything that they do. Finally , professionals will
influence change with views that work is not about hours but ideas,
thinking and execution.
"Fox spoke about the method of change in workplaces. She was critical
of culture change programs, which try to imbue the organisation with a
new ethos, noting that it is difficult t make people change simply by
changing the rules. Â Change, she believes, will be brought about
by factors such as increase in part-time work, zig-zag careers, and the
increasing numbers of work who work."