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Organisation-wide hardship and how it is shaping the world of work

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Keywords: work, competition, organisational hardship, organisation-wide hardship, working harder, rewards, reduced rewards, management narrative

A 2015 study for the UK government found that increased levels of competitiveness also increase levels of organisational productivity. As the report found, competition increases “pressure on the managers of firms to become more efficient”. This drive for efficiency has a number of effects

At some stage, as an organisation changes in response to increased competition and change brought about by shifts and changes in technology, economics, politics, societal needs etc, the organisation will usually face a phase of resources scarcity until it finds a new stable business operating base.

A new (2019) study has looked at phases of organisation-wide hardship to see what impact it has and what can be learned. In particular, the researchers wanted to know what processes are used to explain and justify organisational hardship and how it effect employees and the organisation.

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