Surviving Work in the UK
One of the problems with a workplace survival strategy of keeping your head down and your mouth shut is that you’re left to listen to just one voice. Yours. As someone who is prone to the paranoias that is a pretty dismal fiction about how to survive work on the theme of Dig-hole-then-hide-in-it-only-form-relationships-with-dogs-or-goats.
Psychoanalysis offers us a bitter sweet way of facing up to the depth of feelings we have about work and the much denied psychic realities of playing with the other children at work. As many of us fall into the uncomfortable and disestablished zone of precarity, the quick-fix-tick-box-disneyworld versions of work enshrined in business school libraries don’t even touch the sides.
We’ve just completed two months of blogging about our experiences of Surviving Work in the UK in partnership with the LSE’s Business Review. All of the contributors I adore because they combine the deeply unpopular art of speaking-actual-truths with humour and humanity, brave in these neuro-linguistically programmed and compulsorily happy times.
The tagline for this series is ‘how to make friends and influence people’. Oh but the oldies are the goodies. Our belief is that if there is anything like a silver bullet at work its being able to form relationships, both with ideas and with the people around us. Treat yourself to the series so far:
How do you maintain your sanity in a toxic workplace?
The focus on exam grades is failing the next generation
Poor working conditions affect mental health workers’ states of mind
Psychoanalysis can help us make sense of Brexit
Being an insider outsider: the experience of looking for work
Surviving Work in the UK continues to run over the next six months. We will be publishing blogs throughout the rest of the year on such juicy topics as perversion and the politics of learning. In the new year we will produce an eBook of the series and run a Survival Surgery with the LSE’s Department of Management in the summer of 2017 to work out collectively how we survive work.
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