"Modern organisations have to build on making conflict constructive"
Peter Drucker ( 1909 -2005 ) US management consultant
Discuss these questions.
1 Would you like to work in the building in the photo above? Why? / Why not?
2 Which people in your organisation have their own office? Do they have their own office because of:
a) seniority; b) a need for confidentiality; c) the type of work they do?
How important are the following in showing a person's status in an organisation? Give each one a score from 1 (not im portant) to 5 (very important).
• a reserved parking space • an office with a view
• a uniform • a personal business card
• a company car • your name on your office door
• the latest company mobile phone • an assistant
• taking holidays when you like • the size of your desk
• more than one seat in your office • flying business class
• a company credit card • fixed working hours
b) bad qualities of an organisation?
A successful organisation
Read paragraph 1 of the article and choose the best definition for perks
Read the article. Look at these key phrases that summarise paragraphs 1-3. Then suugest similar phrases for paragraphs 4-7.
1 Philosophy behind the perks
2 Competitions and celebratory funds
3 Celebrating special events / friendly place to work
C- Decide if the statements are true or false .
1 Google promotes the idea of staff getting together.
2 Every month, managers get money to build teamwork or reward staff.
3 Ninety per cent of Google Italy workers thought it was a friendly place to work.
4 The furniture in Google offices is different to that in most offices.
5 The work is challenging, and you need a university degree to work there.
6 Employees know what their objectives are and have the freedom to achieve them.
7 Employees have the opportunity to listen to well-known or important authors.
Discuss these questions.
1 Would you like to work in a company like Google? Why? / Why not?
2 Would Google's philosophy work in your organisation? Why? / Why not?
3 Which of the perks or ideas mentioned in the article appeals to you the most?
Would you prefer to work for a company where the headquarters make the major decisions or for one in which regional offices are given considerable decision-making powers?
listen to the third conversation again and answer the questions.
1 What expression does Frank use to introduce Nathalie?
2 Why could Nathalie be helpful to Christoph in his work?
3 What interest do they share?
Work in groups of four. You are all attending the same conference.
Student A & Student B:
Student C :
Student D :