By R Meredith Belbin

Meredith Belbin's most recent paintings attracts on fresh examine into the character of labor itself. via knowing paintings, managers can allocate projects extra effectively.

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But times change. Work is now shared. Its distribution entails breaking into a group of people who know one another well and becoming generally accepted. Then you will find out what you have to do. And, if you prove yourself, you could eventually become established, like some of the others. I suspect that new employees starting work under such conditions would soon be found to suffer from low morale. One can imagine a search then being made to find new techniques of ’motivation’. Yet the best motivator of all is intrinsic in a job a person can call his or her own; which creates a sense of personal identity and entails that exchange of reciprocal services that lies at the heart of every thriving enterprise.

It is as though one is starting with a blank sheet with no instructions. The empty page is the only invitation to a contribution. White is chosen as being the colour of a blank page, if indeed the term colour is appropriate to white. But, more than that, it is the symbol of innocence. The person who puts forward a suggestion should don the clothes of simplicity and modesty in advance. The more radical the idea, the more sweeping 22 Changing the Way We Work the innovation, the more likely it is to arouse opposition and even anger.

The more we rehearsed our lines, the less convincing it all sounded. I do not know whether it is a characteristic of the British industrial worker or merely industrial workers in all countries, but the verbal elaborations that are a necessary part of explanation tend to arouse suspicion and misgivings. The educated are seen as wordspinners, out of touch with everyday realities, and prone to impose on working people ideas that fail to make sense when put to the practical test. It is a barrier that has to be overcome whenever radical changes need to be made to working practices.

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