In a new book, the social psychologist Eirikson Psychosocial Development (EPDP) argues that the way we work, and the way people interact with each other, are at the heart of what makes a good life.EPDP’s new book is titled ‘The Future of work is about your social life’ and aims to show that we can all be more engaged in our social lives without feeling like we’re doing the wrong thing by having an open, inclusive workplace.
The book, published on Tuesday by Cambridge University Press, takes an ambitious approach to the subject, which it describes as “a challenging task” and aims “to capture the true potential of the workplace.”
As a social psychologist, Eirikss psychosociologist, Eriko Kivimaki, is a leading authority on how the workplace can create positive social outcomes for all of its members, from managers to employees.
“Working at the workplace has changed the world,” she said.
Working with employees can create “a new dynamic between you and your team.”
“We all feel connected, we feel connected to our team,” she added.
In the book, Kiviimesph, the director of EPI’s Social Work Research Unit and a professor of management at the University of Chicago, says the “workplace is where we are in the most meaningful sense of the word.”
“When we do our jobs, we are not just part of an assembly line of workers, but we are part of a community that is deeply connected and meaningful,” she wrote.
That’s because it’s where we can connect, “get together and connect in new ways, and learn new things.
It is also where we make new connections and become closer to others.”
The book takes a similar approach to work-life balance, describing the importance of “being mindful of your role as an employee.”
For example, “in order to have a meaningful work-family relationship, it is critical that you make time to spend time with your colleagues and share important information about your work.”
“In our current culture, it seems as if work is a ‘one size fits all’ job, where everyone has to be working exactly the same amount of hours,” she continued.
It can be difficult to be a team player, and you might not be getting the best out of it, she added, saying that people are afraid to ask for feedback, and that they don’t think they’ll get it.
Asking for feedback is a great thing, but there are also “very negative feelings towards colleagues who do not ask for the same kind of feedback,” Kivime added.
“For many people, they feel like they are being told what to do, rather than being given a chance to express their own opinions and to learn from their mistakes,” she concluded.
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