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Career Focus


BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 24 April 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:S3-7191

It was Human Resource and Development week last week, and the Institute for Personnel and Development held its annual conference. The press releases of the event offer one of the best opportunities there is for capturing zeitgeist terms from the world of business management. Few are utterly original: viewing organisations as “hubs of value creation” that promote “every employee to knowledge worker” is surely passé, though achieving a culture of trust that enables a “big mind” organisation is a new one. Naturally, no one can afford to stop learning; and “only those whose pace of learning is faster than the pace of change will be the real winners in the employment market of the future,” which may be connected to research reported by consultant Paul Samuels who claims that “25% of the UK workforce are deprioritising work.”

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