New ways of working are needed
Are we asking the impossible? Everyone’s talking productivity, but do we understand our team’s capacity and capability?
We’ve all embraced – often out of necessity – new ways of working. Are these new ways the right ways for your business and your people to manage change effectively and have a positive impact on productivity and employee wellbeing?
Understanding capability means recruiting for skills, not jobs, and working with the resources you’ve got to deliver on the business purpose. The survey indicated that just a quarter of workplaces felt they were effectively embracing new ways of working and promoting internal talent. Almost half of our respondents felt they were failing to address the reasons why people leave their jobs, and a third of those surveyed said their workplaces were not responding well to job satisfaction concerns.
What the survey highlighted was that:
- Only 25 per cent of workplaces are embracing new ways of working well
- Only 26 per cent of businesses re effectively promoting internal talent
What can you do?
Everyone’s talking about the need to be better at working differently, but the reality for many is that businesses are complex, and additional pressure to pivot and bring on new revenue streams can add fuel to the fire. Improving links between Strategy and Operations are crucial and focussing on business transformation not just digital transformation in the short term to as the processes, skills and systems need to evolve with you.
Leaders could ask themselves:
- What are the business’s primary activities and what does it take to deliver these?
- What unstructured or undocumented processes could be hampering the business – especially around new systems, change, new ideas, and creativity?
- What skills do you have in the business right now, and how can you take advantage of these?
- What skills are you lacking which is leading to some initiatives being paused?
- Are we investing in people who help cross-business functions?
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