The workplace has changed, and we know the workplace of the future will be very different from the workplace of today. It’s not just technology and automation – it’s about the environment you create for attracting the smart, talented, savvy people with the skills you need for future-proofing your organisation.
The bad news is that those “stars” are in demand, and can choose where they work. Are you providing the workplace that will attract and keep them?
What is Your Workplace Like?
There is a wide range of workplaces, from the draining “toxic” workplace (where everybody hates to work, and only does it because they have to) to the energised inspired workplace (where people would work even if they weren’t being paid). You can call this the workplace “culture”, but it all comes down to people – and how they think about the fast-changing world and their role in it.
You can think of them in these six categories:
- Complacent: They don’t care what’s happening around them, and just do the job, get the money, and go home.
- Resistant: They know the world is changing, and actively resist the change, doing everything they can to create the safe, comfortable environment that has worked in the past.
- Compliant: They accept that their world is changing, but just do what they’re told without taking any initiative.
- Engaged: Now they’re willing to take some responsibility, and actively look for ways to deal with change and improve themselves and your organisation.
- Motivated: They see change in a positive light, and see their work as a vehicle for achieving their own bigger goals as well.
- Inspired: They embrace change, and truly believe the work they are doing is making a difference in the world.
If you were to honestly assess your own team and workplace, where do you think it would fit on this spectrum?