Using Dialectic Behavioral Science to analyze & improve today’s dynamic workplace

By December 24, 2018 March 23rd, 2020 Solutions

Workplace Management can be challenging due to the Dialectic* Nature of today’s modern work environments.

Today’s “Dialectal Workplaces” are more human centric, while also be much more dependent on technology.  In addition, the modern workplace feels more pressured, while also being more sensitive to employee’s personal needs and life-work balance. Likewise, the successful workplace is often less restrictive and agile, but has a clearly detailed vision.  It can be very confusing at first, which only raises the need for a well-planned holistic approach that delves into the actual “psychology” of work, not simply the tasks at hand.

This simultaneous “both-and” dynamic of the modern workplace produces an ongoing dialectical tension or interplay between opposites. To dialectical theorists, dialectical tensions keep the relating process vibrant and alive, as humans navigate the unity of opposites. Therefore, contradictions are not a sign of trouble in the workplace, but are inherent in the process of relating the workplace to being “human”.

As workplaces are becoming more “human”, the importance of employing psychological science based solutions is increasing in importance.  A workplace that effectively engages with people on an emotional level will inherently be more productive, successful, and better positioned to assist the organization reach its goals and aspirations.

The humanity of the modern workplace also allows it to better reflect the values of the organization. When organizational values are at the forefront of the design of the workplace it naturally becomes more human or personable.  Indeed, many people believe that the modern workplace is very like a biological eco-system.  It’s hard to argue that, much like a living being, for a business to be successfully sustained, it must adapt, change, transform and evolve over-time or risk becoming exstinct.

*Dialectic is the psychological term referring to opposing views or thoughts that may first appear to be the opposite of each other, but FEEL more similar than different e.g. they may go against what may seem on this surface illogical, but in practice feels very real.  A paradoxical relationship is slightly different as this describes two opposing facts that upon closer inspection are complementary or equal.  Therefore, dialectical concentrates on how things may “feel” rather than how things “are”.

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