Management Matters



Work during the fourth industrial revolution

There has been a lot discussion recently about whether your job will disappear due to automatization and robotization. Whilst this makes interesting reading, this discussion often fails to describe the new kinds of work that might be created, and how work may change rather than disappear. The future of work is not a new topic and this time attention is turning to how the so-called fourth industrial revolution will change the way people work in the future.



Science, alternative facts and fake news

World-renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson recently said in a live TV debate “the good thing about science is that it’s true whether you believe in it or not.” However, recent commentaries on the ‘post-fact society’ suggest that public opinion is increasingly being influenced by feelings as opposed to facts.



Why we all hate performance reviews (kehityskeskustelu)

Performance reviews are today a common feature of organisational life. For some this meeting with the boss might take place once every two years, for some once a quarter. It might involve filling out a form for 15 minutes, or it might involve a lengthy, deep discussion lasting over 2 hours. However, one thing they seem to have in common is that we hate them.



In science we trust?

Last year the results of a large-scale so-called ‘replication study’ were published which created a lot of discussion and debate. A replication study basically takes existing studies with published findings and performs the studies again, trying to match every aspect of the original study wherever possible. In principle this makes it possible to assess the robustness of the findings which gets right to the heart of whether the science is reliable.



When does your job get boring?

If you were to ask people today what they look for in their work, after financial security and a good work-life balance they would most likely talk about challenge and the opportunity to learn new things. In a new job, there are plenty of such opportunities precisely because the job is new. But how long does this feeling usually last?



Drowning in data

The last few years has witnessed the beginning of the so-called ‘big data’ revolution, which under the banner of business intelligence promises to deliver smarter decisions and a smarter world. Sounds great!



How should we treat star employees?

In any organisation there are going to be individuals who perform better than their colleagues. In many cases, this is both obvious to supervisors of these star individuals as well as their colleagues. Two of the key questions for management that arise out of this are firstly, whether the organisation should formally acknowledge this and communicate star status to the individual, and secondly, whether the organisation should treat these individuals differently.



Why job interviews are a waste of time

Nearly all of us have experience of interviewing someone or having been interviewed ourselves. However, most of us are probably unaware of how ineffective they can be as a means of selecting the right person for a job. Nearly fifty years of research into the job interview has produced some intriguing findings which might make us question whether interviews are a waste of our time and why organisations still place so much emphasis on them.