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The world of work is a world of paradox. In this podcast, we tackle your everyday workplace or office environment topics, challenges, or activities. We also discuss trends and strategy in business. Our end goal is to help managers stamp out bad practices and help employees deal with them. Drs. Frank Butler and Paul Harvey, two management professors, co-host this podcast. We encourage your participation in our podcast by asking questions or sharing your experiences with us.

The Busyness Paradox Frank and Paul

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 11 Ratings

The world of work is a world of paradox. In this podcast, we tackle your everyday workplace or office environment topics, challenges, or activities. We also discuss trends and strategy in business. Our end goal is to help managers stamp out bad practices and help employees deal with them. Drs. Frank Butler and Paul Harvey, two management professors, co-host this podcast. We encourage your participation in our podcast by asking questions or sharing your experiences with us.

    Striking Back: Protecting Your Paycheck When Your Job Goes Off The Rails

    Striking Back: Protecting Your Paycheck When Your Job Goes Off The Rails

    Almost three years in, we think it's safe to conclude that history will view the 2020's as "an interesting time to be alive." But a silver lining of these turbulent times has been the widespread rethinking about how work should "work." The resulting push toward previously-unthinkable levels of flexibility, empowerment and compensation has met with some friction, however. The resulting labor unrest, strikes, and (our favorite) the paradoxical threat of widespread layoffs amid historic staff shortages, has made a lot of us understandably anxious about our current and future jobs. In this episode, we discuss strategies for keeping your career and your sanity from going off the rails.
    Links to Topics Discussed in This Episode:
    1:01 - Rail workers push to strike. Here's why they're angry.
    9:08 - Timeline of strikes in 2022
    9:59 - Alabama Miners Slam Corporate Media Blackout Of Struggle (video)
    10:30 - Striking Alabama coal miners refuse to pay $13.3 million in ordered damages
    17:45 - Great Apprehension: Majority of Americans ‘are fearful of losing their job,’ analyst says
    23:01 - How to Deal with Layoff Anxiety
    25:53 - Rumours and gossip demand continuous action by managers in daily working life 
    Visit us at busynessparadox.com for the transcript to this episode. Check out some of our blog posts and other content while you’re there!

    • 51 min
    The Quiet Quitting Quagmire

    The Quiet Quitting Quagmire

    By now you've probably heard about "quiet quitting," the latest workplace trend to blow the minds of journalists and social media posters alike. This stunning act of rebellion involves employees doing the work they are paid to do. Seriously. That's what quiet quitting is. It's neither quiet nor quitting, but it's a movement nonetheless.

    The hoopla, of course, is about what these mutinous workers are NOT doing. They're not making charitable donations of their time and energy to their employers. They're not responding to work emails at their kids' birthday parties. They're not spending extra (unpaid) hours in the office as a matter of course. They're not viewing the contents of their job descriptions as "the bare minimum."

    And so, in solidarity with this movement, we present a stripped-down, "bare minimum" deep-dive into quiet quitting.

    Articles and Books Discussed in this Episode:

    What Is Quiet Quitting on TikTok?
    If Your Co-Workers Are ‘Quiet Quitting,’ Here’s What That Means
    Quiet Quitting: Why Doing the Bare Minimum at Work Has Gone Global
    Employees Say ‘Quiet Quitting’ Is Just Setting Boundaries. Companies Fear Long-Term Effects
    A Look at 'Quiet Quitting' — and Whether It's a Good or Bad Thing
    The Backlash to Quiet Quitting Smacks of Another Attempt by the Ruling Class to Get Workers Back Under Their Thumbs: Am I Wrong?
    Tessa West: Jerks at Work: Toxic Coworkers and What to Do About Them

    Visit us at busynessparadox.com for the transcript to this episode. Check out some of our blog posts and other content while you’re there!

    • 47 min
    People Don't Want to Work (for you) Anymore!

    People Don't Want to Work (for you) Anymore!

    We've all seen the signs and memes. We've heard the cranky scorn from talking heads, business owners, politicians and old men yelling at clouds. No one (except them) wants to work anymore! Everyone (except them) is lazy! In this episode, we challenge the ironically lazy thinking behind these claims and ask those who feel this way to consider an alternative explanation: maybe people just don't want to work for you?

    Mentioned in this Episode:

    16:21 - A Brief History of Nobody Wants to Work Anymore
    21:18 - Why so few teenagers have jobs anymore
    24:40 - Exclusive: Hyundai subsidiary has used child labor at Alabama factory

    Visit us at busynessparadox.com for the transcript to this episode. Check out some of our blog posts and other content while you’re there!

    • 32 min
    Charlotte Lockhart and the 4-Day Week

    Charlotte Lockhart and the 4-Day Week

    You asked us to talk more about four-day work weeks, we did you one better. Join us for a discussion with Charlotte Lockhart, founder and managing director of the 4 Day Week Global Foundation! With operations in North America, Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Europe, Charlotte and her husband, Andrew Barnes (author of The 4 Day Week), are at the literal forefront of this movement. If you’ve ever questioned the Monday-Friday, one-size-fits-all approach to work scheduling, we think you'll like what she has to say.

    Links to People and Publications Mentioned in this Episode:

    4 Day Week Global: 4dayweek.com
    Charlotte Lockhart
    Andrew Barnes

    Book - The 4 Day Week by Andrew Barnes:
    PaperbackAudiobook (Audible)Audiobook (Audible UK)Visit us at busynessparadox.com and check out some of our blog posts and other content while you’re there!

    • 48 min
    Expanding the Compressed Workweek

    Expanding the Compressed Workweek

    With all the changes brought about by Covid-19, you might not be surprised to hear about a huge uptick in research on the effects of shortened work weeks. You might be surprised to hear that this sudden burst of scholarly interest began - and ended - in the 1970s. What did our (presumably) bell-bottomed forebears learn about the pros and cons of ditching the traditional five-day workweek? Why did it take a pandemic to rekindle our interest?

    Visit us at busynessparadox.com for the transcript to this episode. Check out some of our blog posts and other content while you’re there!

    • 36 min
    Busy Signals

    Busy Signals

    There is such a thing as "good" busyness - that baseline euphoria you feel when you're humming along, pummeling your to-do list like it owes you money. There's also such a thing as fake busyness - that absurd phenomenon where adults convene in an office and pretend to be doing important work stuff.

    Look over at your employees or coworkers. Which type of busyness do you see? Are you sure? Join us as we discuss the telltale signs of a culture that rewards fake busyness and some things managers can do to help employees focus on being productive instead of acting productive.

    Visit us at busynessparadox.com for the transcript to this episode. Check out some of our blog posts and other content while you’re there!

    • 29 min

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