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The Future of Workplace Fear

How Human Reflex Stands in the Way of Digital Transformation

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  • Helps you understand workplace fear and create a road map for effective change

  • Covers how to improve workplace culture and make your organization more productive and secure

  • Teaches you to address company issues: fear of change, technological improvements, establishing trust/engagement

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  • ISBN: 978-1-4842-8101-7
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Table of contents (16 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiv
  2. The Fear Lies Deep

    • Steve Prentice
    Pages 1-10
  3. Digital Transformation Is Here

    • Steve Prentice
    Pages 11-29
  4. Fear As a Life Force

    • Steve Prentice
    Pages 31-45
  5. The Fear of Change

    • Steve Prentice
    Pages 47-63
  6. The Fear of the Unknown

    • Steve Prentice
    Pages 65-79
  7. The Fear of Losing Your Job

    • Steve Prentice
    Pages 81-97
  8. The Fear of Looking Stupid

    • Steve Prentice
    Pages 99-113
  9. The Fear of Losing Control

    • Steve Prentice
    Pages 115-130
  10. The Fear of the Known

    • Steve Prentice
    Pages 131-148
  11. The Fear of Communicating

    • Steve Prentice
    Pages 149-166
  12. The Fear of Losing the Business

    • Steve Prentice
    Pages 167-181
  13. The Fear of Missing Out

    • Steve Prentice
    Pages 183-198
  14. The Fear of Keeping Your Job

    • Steve Prentice
    Pages 199-212
  15. Turning Things Around

    • Steve Prentice
    Pages 213-228
  16. Is This the Day I Get Fired?

    • Steve Prentice
    Pages 229-238
  17. The Digital Transformation of People

    • Steve Prentice
    Pages 239-249
  18. Back Matter

    Pages 251-260

About this book

People who discuss digital transformation often focus on new technology with a presumption that the working population will embrace it enthusiastically. But human beings are still instinctively dominated by fear, a single complicating reflex which will always be the default response.


Workplace fear comes in many forms, including the fear of change, the fear of looking stupid, and the fear of working relationships, and in all cases these fears have deep roots that extend far below having to learn a new technology. It’s about the fear of losing a job, a livelihood, and an identity.

The results of such fear can have enormous repercussions on an organization, including increased vulnerability to ransomware and cyberattack, increased employee turnover, loss of competitiveness, loss of market share, resistance, sabotage, discrimination, and litigation.

Steve Prentice is an expert in the relationship between people, technology, and change. This book will demonstrate to managers and employees alike the various types of fear that can occur in the workplace in the context of digital transformation, how these fears can impact productivity, team dynamics, and corporate health, and most importantly, how to overcome them.

Using case studies of digital transformation successes and failures, Steve describes:
  • How fear grows in the body and mind
  • How fear radiates and spreads through groups and teams
  • How fear interacts with technology, change, and digital transformation
  • How ignoring or suppressing fear leads to tangible risks to an organization’s future
  • How to address and manage fear individually and as a group
  • How the demands of modern employees have changed
  • How managers can prepare themselves for the new normal
Who This Book Is For

Managers who wish to look under the hood and understand how people respond to the changes in their immediate world, and why most of those responses are negative. It will also be an uplifting read for individual employees who seek to understand why they, or their colleagues or managers, generally respond negatively to changes, or who struggle with conflict and relationships in the workplace and how to create an action plan to improve the situation.

Keywords

  • Productivity
  • Team management
  • Digital transformation
  • Collaboration
  • Remote teams
  • Distributed teams
  • Workplace technology
  • Conflict
  • Workplace challenges
  • Fear
  • Change management
  • Employee engagement
  • The New Normal
  • Management techniques
  • Hot desking
  • Cyberhygiene
  • Cybersecurity
  • Diverse workplace

Authors and Affiliations

  • Toronto, Canada

    Steve Prentice

About the author

Steve Prentice is a specialist in organizational psychology, focusing on the junction where people and technology interact. Professionally, he helps people and their companies understand each other as well as the technologies they face and the changes that these present, by working as a speaker, author, consultant, and writer. His clients include Cisco and SAP, as well as branches of government, healthcare, occupational health and safety, startups, entrepreneurs, and online media. He is regularly called upon to explain issues dealing with cybersecurity, AI, blockchain, and the future of work.

Steve has written three business books and worked as a ghostwriter for other executives worldwide. He teaches a series of courses at the management school of a Toronto-area university, and regularly delivers keynotes, media interviews, white papers, and podcasts on these topics. After work, he is the vocalist and lead guitarist for the corporate events band Absolutely Jack.

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook
USD 19.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-1-4842-8101-7
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 24.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)