This is my blog examining some of the practical, philosophical and psychological aspects of work and life.

My latest posts are:

Performance assessments: power vs productivity

7-minute read – Synopsis: Performance assessments, though widely used, often prove to be ineffective if looking at productivity or engagement. So why are they still being used? The concept of ‘discourse’ explains the world through the power that emanates from the use of specific language. Discourse may help us understand how performance assessments help maintain established power structures in organisations.

The pursuit of happiness in a working life

6-minute read – Synopsis: Several factors determine our happiness. Some of these we can influence and some are influenced by our living conditions and circumstances. Work affects these conditions too. In what way? And what implications does that have?

Two faces of organisations: which one is most attractive to you?

6-minute read – Synopsis: The way you relate to an organisation can be described through different narratives of which two are described and contrasted here: the economic narrative and the community narrative. What happens if these narratives start to conflict for you?

Overcoming job loss: how your brain adds a new chapter to your story

5-minute read – Synopsis: Losing your job upsets all kinds of little and large stories, which affect your self-identity, how others see you and your hopes for the future. Why exactly is that? And how can you deal with that?

How come that 85% of employees are disengaged at work?

3-minute read – Synopsis: How can conflicting mechanisms between employees and their employing organisations affect your engagement with your job?

Deathbed regrets: examine your fears to avoid them

4-minute read – Synopsis: How do your fears nudge your routines, such that this can lead to far reaching consequences to your life in the long run?

Farewell to my colleagues: Why I’m leaving the Company after 18 years

4-minute read – Synopsis: My farewell letter to my former colleagues. How did I come to this rather dramatic turning point in my life?

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