In Twenty-First Century Workplace Challenges, Edna Rabenu examines current and future challenges to psychological relationships in the workplace due to shifting environmental conditions such as mass migration, globalization, the advent of cyber entities, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Rabenu’s incisive analysis offers new solutions for employees, workers, managers, and organizations.
Edna Rabenu is senior lecturer at Netanya Academic College and Bar-Ilan University.
Part I: Setting the Stage
Chapter 1: Changes in the World of Work in the Twenty-First Century: Brief Review
Chapter 2: Workplace Relationships: Demarcation of the Field
Part II: Relationships in the Twenty-First-Century Workplace
Chapter 3: Work Relationships: Twenty-First Century Changes and Challenges
Chapter 4: Persons as Active Agents: How Do They Shape Relationships in New Era Organizations?
Chapter 5: Persons as Active Agents: How Do They Shape Relationships in New Era Organizations?
Chapter 6: Relationship in Context: The Changes in Proximal Spheres of Influence
Chapter 7: Relationship in Context: The Changes in Distal Spheres of Influence
Part III: Challenging Interfaces for Organizations in the New Era
Chapter 8: The Growing Market of Freelancers: Are They Free or Are They Alone?
Chapter 9: The Complex Whirlpool of Work and Life
Chapter 10: Conclusion and Outlook: The Resilient Organization – Looking Ahead
Appendix 1: Examples of Organizational Resource Investments During the Corona Pandemic
Appendix 2: Ecomap for the Process of Bullying in Organizations
Rabenu examines up-to-date changes in workplace relationships affecting the well-being of employees and society. The unique aspect of this book is the comprehensive review of top-tier academic and professional journals literature addressing the issue of how the pandemic, digitalization, the internet, globalization, generational differences, working from home, employee personalities, and work-life balance have changed the way work is currently organized. Rabenu provides significant discussion of the COVID-19 contribution to restrictive business flights, greater focus on safety, and increasingly boundary-free workplaces. A process-person-context-time model, anchoring the organization of the text, provides a holistic view of the work associated with managing employee/organization relationships, worker characteristics, environmental conditions, and periods in which work processes take place. Teams, too, have changed because of incorporating traditional workers with independent contractors, moonlighters, virtual employees, and diverse employees drawn from demographic minority groups. The author also looks to a future in which human-robot teams will collaborate by means of artificial intelligence. Academic researchers will appreciate the roughly 80 pages of recent references covering theoretical frameworks of organizational behavior, entrepreneurship, and human resource management. Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates. Graduate students, faculty, and professionals.
Life is change, and reflecting this, the book Twenty-First Century Workplace Challenges is topical and timely. The world of work continues to rapidly evolve in the twenty-first century, and understanding these changes and processes is critical for individuals and organizations. Rabenu has done an excellent job in covering many prominent issues relating to working life, balancing the rigor of academic endeavour and the need to appeal to the lay reader.
This timely publication provides a robust and powerful kaleidoscopic overview of developments in the workplace, offering an innovative forecast of how the workplace structure and relationships will evolve. The content is advanced, theoretically and practically, and grounded in an impressive number of references. Therefore, I wholeheartedly recommend this ground-breaking book to both academic and sophisticated managers.