What work can learn from sex

Our predisposition to sort and separate things and behaviors from labels we apply according to our ethical views or social pressures, makes us believe that things are separated and irreconcilables.

For most of us, some things are “serious”, such as work, for example, and should be treated with reverence and liturgy required by that term, which includes a fitting dress, specific ways and language.

Generally this category of “serious things” is the one that sets the image that you have of someone because often the most publicized and possibly the least consistent with reality. Pure propaganda.

Other activities such as the amusement, are handled lighter and casually, usually with less formal clothes (or without them). While that activities are considered social, and because of this, usually less related to the true profile of the people, are often object of desire of those who spend most of their days engaged in so-called “serious things”.

If you have an account on Facebook or any other social networking media, with absolute certainty will have noticed the difference in the mood of postings on Fridays, which suddenly became full of beer mugs or smiling cats waiting for the weekend.

It remains odd, but it is part of the same process, people now divide the relationships between “real” and “virtual”, even though the physical relationships are often intellectually more distant and less real than some of the established through electronic platforms.

In the same vein, it is almost a declaration of corporate incompetence note that companies block access to internet sites other than “work-related”, which of course includes social media, forgetting that those he calls “his greatest asset” are people who relate to each other and living in a world where interactions are required all the time.

Of course these people always find ways to circumvent such blocks, either using a neighbor’s Wi-Fi or even 4G, because after all, the rats must exist to justify the existence of a cat.

I do not know any working environment that does not declare to value creativity, although deep down we know that creativity is one of the most challenging things in an institution. In fact, creativity is being confused with innovation, although they are very different things[1].

But nothing is more creativity motivating than sex and yet, our corporate environment or our social institutions simply disregard the advances that technology developed in this segment.

Before someone accuses me of promoting sin and lust, what interests me in this regard is to understand the mechanisms that have been developed to promote the meetings, physical or not, between people who may be physically close or not. I am therefore excluding this context the spiciest discussions.

New forms of encounter to overcome the population pressure

At the time of look for some romantic couple, it is common for younger use applications like Tinder[2] or services like Match[3] or other less socially accepted as Ashley Madison[4]. Essentially everyone is motivated to find what they are most desired at that time, be a chance encounter, casual sex or more conventional romantic relationship with the right to “happily ever after”.

Regardless of whether we like or not of technology and its intermediation, the fact absolutely indisputable is that it broadens the possibilities in unthinkable ways not long ago.

In the early twentieth century the world’s population was 1 billion people. We started the twenty-first century, the population had reached 6 billion, so in a hundred years we have grown six times more than in all previous human history. The amazing thing is that in 2015 we were already 7 billion!

It seems to me perfectly understandable that people use new tools because, after all, population growth and mobility were so large that the probability of accidentally bump into someone who has common goals — which is also a relatively recent expectation — becomes more and more reduced.

Companies need to find qualified people while professionals constantly seeking jobs. However, neither companies nor governments have similar tools, or do not use, to find motivated employees to develop activities that are needed.

Why transfer responsibilities when we should seek solutions?

Companies tend to use intermediaries, headhunters or employment agencies, to find professionals required to perform duties in the corporation.

It seems to be an effective method of not succeeding, after all, I do not know absolutely no professional feel at ease in a job interview with someone who will knowingly decide their future and for which there is an abysmal asymmetry of information. The result obviously cannot be the best.

The government created the solution is public tender. My position is well known and contrary to that method, based on the experience of years of service rendered in the sector, in different positions at executive, judiciary and legislative powers in Brazil.

I just can’t conceive that governments spend a fortune on public resources (extracted, therefore from the tax collection) to evaluate someone’s ability to store a huge amount of information that will have no practical use in the activity for which is supposed to be being promoted such competition.

To sum up, I think the public tender is a relatively efficient way to legally cheat taxpayers in order to convince them to continue paying taxes without complaint, because they believe that their employees were chosen according to technical parameters that measured their ability to do things that do not have any relation to what they actually will do.

Essentially, therefore, this failure occurs in any corporate environment.

Possible ways to find the solution

I am a fairly active participant in the world’s most well-known professional social media, LinkedIn[5], from the time it was available only in English. I really like the service and has met lots of interesting people, have done and continue doing business from the possibilities that networking offers. I feel comfortable, therefore, to make a few observations regarding the structure of that service.

Deliberately presentation and structure of the service tend to be formal, because after all, is a business network for professional activities. What this media is doing, however, is to reinforce the stereotype that professional to be good, have to be serious, circumspect.

All my children, including the adopted, participate in other social media, but not those who work or are looking for a professional placement, uses LinkedIn. The reason is summed up simply: it is very annoying.

  • Why, after all, we insist on thinking that fun and competent work must be antagonistic and mutually exclusive activities?
  • Why a company cannot think about hiring a professional just because he is passionate about it and that’s what need at that moment?
  • If anyone wants to have an intermediary to help you find the love of your life, what would be the rationale for admitting the mediation as the company seeks an employee, it is true that human resources are its greatest asset?

Probably because of the lack of tools to access the right person. However, by delegating this function to third parties, in fact the company transfers to intermediate responsibility for information asymmetry.

I am convinced that we are able to overcome these difficulties from the technology, creativity and a significant change in our expectations with regard to professional performances, after all, dating exists so that people get to know better each other and even after a long time together no one ensure that the relationship is until death do them part, why a hiring process should be so complicated?

New thought structures require different tools and changes of ethics in the construction of business models.

[1] I suggest to illustrate this statement, Martha Gabriel’s video. Brazilian engineer, artist and scholar of interaction mechanisms available from the internet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQG57BQLsOk

[2] Tinder is an app of “flirting” which lists people who are physically close, seeking for loving relationships, according to criteria established by users who have characteristics in common. It is very common among young people attending night parties https://www.gotinder.com/

[3] Match as well as various other meetings promotion services worldwide, it has a profile of compatibility analysis algorithm that aims to be the means of bringing together people with common interests and are looking for a romantic partner http: // www. match.com

[4] www.ashleymadison.com/‎

[5] http://www.linkedin.com

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