• The Open University
  • The Open University Business School

Modern Empowerment in the Workplace

The 21st century is transforming the workplace. Explore the role of human resources (HR) in this modern empowerment era.

7,439 enrolled on this course

Modern Empowerment in the Workplace
  • Duration4 weeks
  • Weekly study3 hours

Learn how HR practitioners can empower individuals, organisations and society

The 21st century has seen a transformation of work and the workplace.

The negative aspects of this change often get most attention – from job insecurity to diminished labour rights. But it is a time of possibility, people can work anytime, anywhere, achieving flexibility and work-life balance. This is a potentially exciting future for empowerment at work.

This online course explores the rise of this new empowerment era and the key role that HR practitioners play in it. The course will give you the insights to realise the benefits of modern empowerment for individuals, organisations and society.

What topics will you cover?

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the changing context for employee empowerment;
  • Analyse problems caused by power imbalances in employment relations and recommend solutions;
  • Influence others in their thinking about the effects of technological change and globalisation on contemporary employment relations; and
  • Articulate and engage with relevant professional and ethical issues in empowerment at work.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the changing context for employee empowerment.
  • Evaluate and analyse problems caused by power imbalances in employment relations and recommend solutions.
  • Identify and influence others in their thinking about the effects of technological change and globalisation on contemporary employment relations.
  • Assess and articulate and engage with relevant professional and ethical issues in empowerment at work.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for those currently working in or aspiring to work in human resources (HR).

Who will you learn with?

I am senior lecturer and head of the Department of People and Organisations at the Open University. I publish widely on the future of economics, politics and empowerment.

Who developed the course?

The Open University

The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning, with a mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.

  • Established1969
  • LocationMilton Keynes, UK
  • World rankingTop 510Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

The Open University Business School

A pioneer in flexible learning for over 30 years, The Open University Business School delivers transformational, high quality business and management education which is quality assured.

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  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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