Humans have evolved tremendously over the course of the last several hundreds of years. First we had clubs and rocks to be able to do our jobs as hunters.
Then we had machines and molds to be able to build and sell products that people needed.
Then HP’s and Mac’s were invented — followed by smart devices and the myriads of technology that will forever change the way we live our lives.
So why the heck are we still working old school jobs with traditional hours using archaic tools?
The good news is, we’re not. Or at least some of us aren’t. And the rest will hop on the ship soon or be left to sink in the perils of their own il-foresight (wait, is that a word?).
Companies have to get competitive and engage workers on their own terms.
Here’ how do we do it:
Night owls and early birds have one thing in common — neither one wants to work on the others schedule. Yes, we all need to have some semblance of working hours so others know when they can rely on us — but having the freedom to let your work life live around your real life is amazing and a luxury we should all be able to enjoy.
Flex working locations (i.e. beach huts, coffee shops, libraries…) is something that is going to be hard for companies to get used to. But if we don’t — we will have a bigger problem on our hands because we won’t have any talent to hire (because they are all working from beach huts and coffee shops).
Remote work is hard — because companies constantly feel the pressure to micromanage their teams. The simple fix for this is to focus on the end goals. Forget holding people to a ‘butts-in-seats’ rule and focus on whether or not they are achieving what they need to be achieving.
Use Any Device
We are mobile, so work mobile if you want to. More and more companies are innovating in this space, making it easier that ever before to un-conform to traditionally conforming tools.
Now give me some Slack for that one!
Focus on Outputs
Didn’t I already say focus on the goal? Just make sure you have the learning and development franework in place to be able to support your workforce as they support their own performance, achievement and development.
Create Your Own Ladder
This goes to the point I made above. One of the interview questions I always ask is “If you could start a business right now, what would it be?”. I do this for two reasons.
1 — I want to find out more about the candidate on a real life level and
2 — I want to know how I can support them in their personal journey.
Career ladders are dead. You have only the world as your circle of exploration and movement.
What are you doing to support the evolution?