In our hyper-connected world change has become the only constant.
By now we have gotten used to technology changing, the legal and taxation environment changing, even changing countries in some cases. However there is one aspect of business, that still resists, and it is organisational culture, or the “way we do things around here”.
Jim Collins, author of the bestselling book “Good to Great“, says:
Those who build great companies understand that the ultimate throttle on growth for a great company is not markets, or technology, or competition, or products. It is one thing above all others the ability to get and keep enough of the right people.
The current labour market pretty much everywhere shows a split picture: there is underwork on the one hand (unemployment, part-time jobs, zero-hour contracts, job insecurity etc.) and overwork on the other. For these employees, work and life starts to blur.
The boundaries between work and outside-of-work are not so clear anymore.
They work anytime, from anywhere.
If you have worked hard and are lucky enough to be on the top-end of the spectrum, then you may need to start thinking: how will we attract and retain talent.
How to engage talented people in the commitment sense, that they will embrace their roles and want to give their absolute best?
- Are you worried, that a new way of organising work will lead to a loss of control?
- How to manage a more autonomous and remote workforce?
- How to measure the performance of team members, who set their own working time and even their own working place?
When change is necessary, we naturally contract and look for comfort in the old ways of doing things. But the current trends on the labour markets and for businesses mean the only option is to open up. To try new things, to step out of their comfort zone, and ultimately, to drive culture change.
This new way is also transparent, it promotes integrity and trust, collaboration, but also needs to cater for individual needs and development.
Some great advice on this for Leaders is from Nigel Marsh. His advice to Leaders? “Listen!”.
(Nigel Marsh podcast by the WorkLife Hub)
If you are interested in embarking on this exciting journey, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to find out how we can support the transformation and achieve the aim of becoming a truly great place to work!
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