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The changing face of the organisation

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A new study in the journal Work and Organisational Psychology journal, assesses the changing nature of work in the 21st Century and examines how the discipline of Work Organisational Psychology will have to change to meet the needs of personnel management in the coming years. In the eyes of the researchers, the entire structure of the work environment is changing from a position where the majority of people worked on company time in an office or factory to a situation where many organisations have become ‘networks of flows’ linking freelance artisanal workers who perform their professions and trades for multiple clients, connecting to core staff within organisations. These are sometimes described in the literature as the ‘precariat’.

The precariat

The precariat is a social class which comprises people who are in a state of precarity, which is a condition of existence without predictability or security. Precarityhas been shown to affect both material and psychological welfare.

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