Over the past few months, there have been a number of thought leaders and CEOs who’ve found themselves embroiled in a heated discussion around the convention around how we work, how we lead, and how we build our companies.
Employees, which were once thought of as expendable commodities, are the most valuable asset that any organization has. However, the employee from a decade ago isn’t the same as the employee who we are starting to see today.
The workplace continues to evolve to meet the needs of a new work culture focused on fostering creativity, collaboration and flexibility. And today's work environment is blurring work style with lifestyle, impacting how space is viewed and used by occupiers.
Work is not a physical location any longer
According to a recent survey on workplace flexibility, 65% of organizations say that flexibility has an extremely positive impact on employee engagement, motivation, and satisfaction.
The concept around open office space or not have been debated time and time again, but more recently resulted in conversations around how do you create a diversity of places that support the way people want to work. The reality is that in today’s working world, not one size fits all, it’s very different from in the past. In an age when finding and retaining top talent is among the strongest predictors of a company’s success, workplace flexibility must be viewed as a necessary tool to increase employee satisfaction and productivity, rather than a perk that may or may not be bestowed.
Shift To A Creative Economy
The shift from a manufacturing to a knowledge economy has lasted two decades. Now the next shift is coming: from knowledge to creativity. This means that for the future employee it’s not knowledge that is the most important but the employee’s ability to learn new things and apply those learnings to new situations and scenarios that come up.
Leaders that are willing to step away from old school organization structures will find that the talent pool is that much greater and building an all-star team is well within reach. Remote work and contractors are being embraced more and more, creating further flexibility and agility for company's on the rise that don't have access to tons of financial resources. On the other side of the coin, people no longer have to pack up their entire lives in order to follow a dream job. For both parties, the world at our fingertips can be a complete game changer.
Hierarchy structures are falling away
Forward-thinking leaders are looking for a new organizational model, one based not on the pre-historic ideas from the all control hierarchy, but rather a form in which people choose where, and how to contribute on their own. Hierarchies cannot possibly succeed in the same way with the current ever changing business environment. When most large companies try to move too quickly they break apart and crumble. The hierarchy is great for maintaining predictability and repeatability. It simplifies planning and makes it easier to control a large group of people from the top down, but in a digital, big-data world, the needs of the organization has changed.
Definition of leadership is changing
As the work environment has changed considerable in the last couple of years so has the challenges around leadership.
It’s now not just about business skills, but others factors like global awareness, innovation, collaboration, transparency and the ability to make quick decisions which are all becoming more and more important. Title and position no longer make someone a leader. If you don’t inspire your employees they will find a leader that does.
Proactively adapting to the changing workplace landscape can make the difference between business agility, improved productivity, and faster sales. How we work, how we lead, and how we build our companies are changing at a rapid pace.
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