The Future of Work – How do you make the dream a reality?

Good intentions need to be activated to make an impact. What starts as a new way to view employment and work relationships needs tangible actions to become a reality.  Prioritising an employee-centric workplace at the heart of your goal helps you choose the right paths.  Follow these paths to help you build a workplace that:

  • Puts employees at the centre,
  • Promotes engagement
  • Drives talent and retention.

Beyond 2020 - The Future of Work

  1. Implement open feedback and communication channels. Digital tools let you collect anonymous feedback and provide space for real conversation. This lets managers see what their team needs and gives employees a strong voice in their company.
  1. Provide continued learning and growth opportunities. There are all kinds of options from online training to workshops. Give your employees the chance (and the time) to keep learning new skills. They will pay you back with productivity, motivation, and the adaptability to handle the challenges of the future.
  1. Develop remote working and flexible hour options. Workplaces are becoming more decentralized. It’s never too early to develop the right tools to smoothly integrate all work styles and worker types into your workflow. It also gives your full-timers the flexibility they need to blend work into their lives.
  1. Reimagine salaries and benefits. Money is, of course, important. However, also consider other needs of employees such as student loans, transportation, community, learning, and flexibility to make their compensation more personal and adapted to their lives.
  1. Connect to the community. Employees, and people in general, want to contribute and give back to something positive. Initiating community days or integrating social and environmental goals into your company mission helps employees find their sense of purpose and connect to your company and cause.
  1. Encourage collaboration and new tasks. Letting employees take on tasks from different departments and learn from other colleagues builds trust and growth. It also ensures that your team has many skills at their disposal for any new tasks that come (or go) due to technology.
  1. Harness technology for the people. It’s never too early to consider how your company and team will use digitization and automation. After all, you are in control of who the technology ultimately serves. Make plans for how new tech will change the workplace and ensure that those affected have the skills and opportunities to move into new roles and find new passions.

Your organisation wouldn’t work if it wasn’t for the people within it. Take some time to consider how you can put your employees at the heart of all that you do. We would be happy to help you explore The Future of Work and how it can work for you. Please contact Simon Adams simona@ninefeettall.com.

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