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cover 3 2019
Fabrizio Perretti

Goodbye Workers?

This Dossier is dedicated to work, and more specifically to workers in businesses and organizations in a broad sense. "Workers" is an almost outdated term that, similar to what happened with "laborers," is now disappearing from the managerial vocabulary. In its place people speak of "human resources" and "human capital," and no longer of "employees" but "associates." Yet we are not faced with a simple linguistic change, but rather an epistemological break that reflects a profound transformation that has occurred in businesses and in the processes that govern the selection and access of workers ...

Piatto 2 2019
Fabrizio Perretti

Celebrating Heroes: On Rewards in Corporations

As witnessed by the photos and "employee of the month" lists that many companies celebrate and post in their workplaces, or the prizes that are periodically awarded in certain company events, public awards have been transformed from instruments reserved for "out of the ordinary" situations, to mark "exceptional" behavior or results, to a permanent mechanism of the "ordinary" working world.[1] Perhaps because they are perceived as apparently simple instruments to introduce and cheap to implement (a photo, a plaque, a simple ceremony during the various corporate events or occasions) these kinds ...