domingo, maio 12, 2013

A estabilidade é mesmo uma ilusão (parte III)

Na sequência de "A estabilidade é mesmo uma ilusão (parte II)" (Parte 0 e parte I).
"IT'S been one of the hottest economic questions for at least the last few decades: what sort of jobs will provide a comfortable, secure, middle-class lifestyle for the next generation of Americans?"
Qual seria a resposta se fosse procurada neste blogue?
"future “good” middle-class jobs will come from the re-emergence of artisans, or highly skilled people in each field. Two examples he mentioned: a contractor who installs beautiful kitchens and a thoughtful, engaging caregiver to the elderly. He reckons the critical thinking skills derived from a liberal arts education give people who do these jobs an edge. The labour market will reward this; the contractor who studied art history or the delightful caregiver with a background in theatre will thrive.
This is consistent with a shift in the labour market I've observed. It seems the market now rewards individual more than firm-specific capital. That's economic jargon for the idea that it's better to be really good at your job than merely good at being an employee. There's less value in being the company man; you must be your own man possessing a dynamic skill set applicable in a variety of ways.
What Mr Katz describes is a world where a good job is not lifetime employment, where your employer takes care of you from age 20 until death (with a very generous pension). He describes people responsible for their own economic destiny. That may seem unsettling, because the old regime appeared to offer more stability, though that stability may have been an illusion. Actually the new way may offer more certainty because people look out for themselves, rather than being vulnerable to changes that impact their employer. The nature of work constantly evolves. The company man was a post-war construct. The self-sufficient artisan is actually more consistent with historical labour markets.
But in order to build your human capital and be that modern, competitive worker it seems you must believe you're a little special. The company man was content to be a cog in the machine, the modern worker must take pride in his talents.
Believing you're exceptional and in control maybe a necessary characteristic of modern workers. But it must be balanced with realistic expectations and humility. It's not enough to take pride in what you do; modern workers must be open to applying their skills in a variety of different and ever-changing ways"
Se vamos a caminho de Mongo (o Estranhistão), se "we are all weird", se o futuro passa pela co-criação e pela co-produção, se o futuro passa pela customização e personalização, então, o futuro são os artesãos. O futuro é voltar ao passado, é desmassificar a produção, é olhar para a segunda metade do século XX e perceber o "post-war construct" como uma anormalidade histórica a que nos habituamos e que temos medo de abandonar porque é a conhecida.
Trechos retirados de "The return of artisanal employment"

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CCz disse...

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