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Enhancing Organizational Performance

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I keep coming back to some fundamental findings about people at work and life since the two are so tightly interwoven.

Jeffrey Saltzman's Blog

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The notion that people join organizations and leave bosses tends to be an overly simplistic depiction of the complexities of why people join and leave organizations. After years and years of research and literally hundreds of articles and books published on the topic there is no mystery regarding what people around the world want out of a job experience or a career. And while you can spend your time searching and highlighting the minutia that indicates differences, perhaps driven by your research design, the bottom line is that people at work, humans, are more the same than we are different, and I don’t care if we are talking about generational differences, gender, ethnicity or perceived geographic differences. And while there are as many ways to state it as there are researchers to describe it, the fundamental underlying characteristics of what people want include:

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Written by Jeffrey M. Saltzman

October 16, 2012 at 6:54 am

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  1. Jeff, Your last sentence, that our time would be better spent on life integration than in separating work and life, has profound implications for psychology and the way we prepare future psychologists. We separate psychology into silos and prepare our students to specialize in a single silo and most of us have been so prepared. As you correctly point out ,we lose our perspective on the reality of life when we are concerned with only one component of it and believe that our answers have value beyond that single component. Perhaps we need a new way of conceiving our science so as to learn how to integrate all the components of our lives into a whole and find ways to study the whole life experience. I believe you have opened a fertile area of discussion that goes much beyond why people leave their jobs. I hope others will join the discussion.

    Walter Reichman

    October 16, 2012 at 8:09 pm

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