Jan Bosch is a research center director, professor, consultant and angel investor in startups. You can contact him at jan@janbosch.com.

Opinion

Boost your digitalization: find the pains

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Don’t let automation in your organization be blocked by inertia, regulation or technical difficulty. Recognize possibilities due to new technologies or other reasons and then act on these.

As I walk around in numerous companies, one of the things that never ceases to amaze me is the number of people living out their lives in pretty poor jobs. Repetitive jobs, where they have lots of responsibility but little authority and where company processes, guidelines and rules dictate the way the work is to be done, with little to no freedom for the individual.

My typical response is something along the lines of “why the hell are you still in this job,” though expressed more politely. The typical answers I get are that things aren’t that bad, that there are good reasons why the job is structured as it is and that the individual has settled into the role. Of course, freedom is often defined as a cage where your wings don’t touch the boundaries, so perhaps I’m overly sensitive to being constrained and straight-jacketed into a boring, repetitive job.

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