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?
Elizabeth Cotton


Self-employment is precarious work: the uses and abuses of self-employment in the UK
Elizabeth Cotton


What gets measured gets distorted: the pitfalls of targets and measurements

Clive Morton


Managed care models are hurting the UK’s Mental Health Services
Ian Simpson


The side effects of treating education as a commodity: Less free expression
Elizabeth Cotton

The focus on exam grades is failing the next generation
Xavier Eloquin


In Business as in government direct democracy is not an option
Philip Stokoe

Poor working conditions affect mental health workers’ states of mind
Elizabeth Cotton


Alienated, under pressure and target driven: Why we need to make friends at work
Julian Lousada


Psychoanalysis can help us make sense of Brexit
David Morgan

Counting the self-employed as entrepreneurs is a meme that refuses to die
Stephen Toft

Being an insider outsider: the experience of looking for work
Julia Macintosh


Manning up in the caring professions: the resilience debate
Chris Manning


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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