The Rules Of The Game In The New World Of Work

Team workers. Global executives. The multicultural workforce. Virtual employees. Road Warriors. All these terms, foreign to the management lexicon 65 years ago, have been proffered as answers for a nettling question: What is the new definition of a worker in our much-changed world? It's not surprising that the answers are varied. Where you fall in today's employment pecking order--young or old, black or white, management or labor--often determines how hospitably you view the new economic environment. Technology that allows employers to do more with less, for example, has become both the worker's friend and foe--depending on which end of the downsizing ax you're on. And the economic blessings that stem from America's steady march toward a "knowledge workforce" can become a personal curse if you don't have the advanced skills needed to keep up. Just as the U.S. economy has been changed by global competition, so has the nature of work been changed by the rush for efficiency and the end of the corporate family. Here is an intimate look at seven workers who are finding their way in this new world. For them, the revolution in the workplace isn't a matter of abstract management theory. They are living its promise, and its challenge, every day.

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