The question we get asked over and over again is how can their company stand out from the crowd and attract, recruit and retain the best talents for the future of work. Considering there is also a great number of companies that are competing in the same field, how can your company have an advantage?
I truly believe that nothing is permanent anymore. The traditional job is now plagued with restructures and redundancies. New businesses are popping up everywhere. Contract and freelance work is becoming a side hustle for many people or even a way for businesses to “try” something without making the commitment. The way we work is changing so as individuals, we need to diversify our work.
I am personally loving what I’m noticing happening in the workplace. One of the major things I am loving is the integration of life, work and education into something that happens simultaneously. Organisations are definitely moving away from the traditional format of education — career — retirement and instead, people are attracted to and creating these situations that actually integrate the best of all these factors, killing terms like work life balance and just redefining them to be “balance”.
Coming into an already existing culture as a new leader can be a challenging thing. It’s even more challenging when you add a level of sub-cultures that exist between divisions, departments or teams. These usually occur when different parts of the business act as silos, with leadership that do not “talk” to one another, providing an unwritten set of rules that teams and staff abide by because it has always been that way.
Leveraging systems. Oh technology. You beautiful beast! Because of some new automated tools, some online programming I became exposed to, some innovators with new technologies, in my head I worked out straight away how it was going to free up my time and productivity and still get me the same result. This was definitely the year I embraced new ways of working and starting to help others do the same. It has been such a ride!
When I have studied any high performing team or culture, the basis of the relationships within the team have been critical to how they perform. I like to observe what’s happening between the team members. I ask questions in my head like do they truly do things for each other and the bettering of the group purpose? Or are they motivated by other things? Do they trust and respect each other to be honest and hold each other accountable when they are not performing or does it get left?