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1 Workplace Attractors Norman Amundson University of British Columbia Canada

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3 Security Financial rewards Benefits Physical safety Position security

4 Location Physical place (close to family / friends; an interesting place; convenient) Aesthetics Healthy workplace

5 Relationships Interpersonal connections with co- workers, supervisors or managers, clients / customers, family and friends Working alone or in groups

6 Recognition Being associated with a company that has a good reputation The expression of appreciation and value for work that is being done well

7 Contribution Being engaged in meaningful work that is ethical, worthwhile and makes a difference Sense of purpose and meaning

8 Work Fit Work that fits well with interests Work that is aligned with skills / talents Work that fits with personality Work that fits with values

9 Flexibility Work that allows time off for child care needs and health concerns Work that provides sufficient time for professional development The general fulfillment of greater life / work balance

10 Learning Provision for adequate training for doing the job The opportunity for intellectual stimulation and new learning Training and involvement in new and challenging activities where learning is maximized

11 Responsibility Having authority and autonomy to make decisions Working with minimal direction from others Being trusted to assume greater responsibility Being in a position to influence others

12 Innovation Building something new Being able to create a vision and then work towards its implementation Creativity, problem solving and pioneering effort

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14 Chaos Theory: Emergent Work Attraction Patterns From Predictability –Point attractor - goal setting –Pendulum attractor - a second option –Torus attractor - career/life stages To Possibility –Strange attractor - uncertainty, unpredictability, ongoing change

15 Attractor Shifts Changing values: age, gender, culture Developmental changes: tipping point; role shifts; traumatic events

16 When Attractors Don’t Match Questions About: Motivation, Work Ethic, Ambition, Commitment, Maturity, Stability, Depth, Self Esteem, Warmth, Decision Making, Creativity

17 Exploring Workplace Attractors Review model. Meaning associated with the workplace attractors.. Relative importance. Changes over time - past and future. Perspectives of family and friends. How will workplace attractors influence the career journey.

18 Aligning Workplace Attractors Career Guidance (Guiding Circles) Mentorship Coaching

19 New HR Tool: Workplace Attractor Questionnaire Self Assessment 40 Questions Workplace Attraction Profile Discussion with Others

20 The Three “R’s” Readiness Recruitment Retention

21 Establishing Readiness Employers –Be more proactive / take the first step –Collaborate –Shift expectations (tolerance) –Increase cultural awareness Workers –Improve life and career skills –Increase self awareness –Build self esteem

22 Countries - Security / Location Canada - 46 USA - 51 Denmark - 80 Sweden - 49 Greece - 21 N. Canada - 34 Canada - 59 USA - 64 Denmark - 88 Sweden - 73 Greece - 65 N. Canada - 76

23 Relationships / Recognition Canada - 11 USA - 19 Denmark - 10 Sweden - 3 Greece - 16 N. Canada - 10 Canada - 53 USA - 70 Denmark - 33 Sweden - 35 Greece - 44 N. Canada - 52

24 Contribution / Work Fit Canada - 9 USA - 4 Denmark - 6 Sweden - 22 Greece - 16 N. Canada - 7 Canada - 13 USA - 6 Denmark - 23 Sweden - 19 Greece - 15 N. Canada - 45

25 Flexibility / Learning Canada - 21 USA - 13 Denmark - 31 Sweden - 30 Greece - 26 N. Canada - 31 Canada - 20 USA - 9 Denmark - 8 Sweden - 9 Greece - 10 N. Canada - 10

26 Responsibility / Innovation Canada - 27 USA - 43 Denmark - 9 Sweden - 14 Greece - 50 N. Canada - 3 Canada - 40 USA - 21 Denmark - 13 Sweden - 46 Greece - 31 N. Canada - 31


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