Tuesday, November 30, 2010

[IWS] Work Foundation (UK): UNDERSTANDING THE DEAL: Placing the employee at the heart of the employment relationship [November 2010]

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Cornell University
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Stuart Basefsky
New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau


Work Foundation (UK)


UNDERSTANDING THE DEAL: Placing the employee at the heart of the employment relationship [November 2010]




[full-text, 64 pages]



This report, the fourth in the Future of HR series, outlines a conceptual framework of the employee’s perception of how their relationship with their employer is forged, sustained and re-negotiated. Based on the synthesis of data from over 130 interviews across six organisations, the Deal Framework considers both the formal and psychological components of the employment deal, and evaluates the interaction between the key players in the employment relationship. It provides HR and all those with an interest in people management with an instrument for understanding the motivations and meaning of work for the modern employee. The report goes on to highlight the implications of adopting this employee-centric perspective on HR practice in the areas of employee engagement, talent management, employee involvement and jobs.



Foreword 6

1. Introduction 8

2. The deal framework 10

2.1 Introduction 10

2.2 Exploring the deal framework 11

3. The case studies 16

THEME 1. What’s in it for employees? 16

THEME 2. Balancing and rebalancing the deal 20

THEME 3. Key players in the deal 26

THEME 4. Values and the deal 30

4. Implications for people management 37

4.1 Employee engagement: turning it on its head 37

4.2 Talent 41

4.3 Employee involvement 43

4.4 Jobs 44

5. The story continues 47

References 48

Appendix 1. Methodology 50

Appendix 2. Case study details 52

Appendix 3. The Future of HR programme Expert Challenge Group 59

Contact details 61


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