More on the future of work. Here are some of the key messages from the Creating New Ways to Work event:
- When employers address holistically the “health” needs (physical, emotional, mental, financial, and spiritual) of employees, we help them to be more focused on the job, increase employee engagement, and increase overall health & productivity. Companies need to focus on total well-being initiatives.
- Companies must put the “human” back in the workplace. Workplaces need to encourage respect, equality, growth, belonging, and purpose. This begins with leadership. Companies need to create meaningful jobs within a 100% human environment.
- Organizations must work towards helping individuals feel successful, by providing the proper tools, resources, and incentives. This includes opportunities for real work-life balance, along with autonomy and empowerment in decision-making.
- Employers need to have the capacity, agility, and flexibility to respond to the complexities and pace of business change. Organizations should explore alternatives to allowing employees to organize and manage themselves than what is currently offered by the traditional management hierarchy. Companies need to look beyond rigid, inflexible management hierarchies and processes.
- Finally, emphasizing that people are not resources — they are people! This was brought home when Richard Branson made a brief appearance via video at the event and emphasized that work environments do not work for the people. One of the quotes he made was “If you can put your staff first, your customers second, and your shareholders third, effectively in the end the shareholders will do well, the customers do better, and your staff will be happy.”