Is your organization a factory or a lab? Factories are linear, process centric, and focus on the status quo. Labs embrace failure, focus on innovation, and adapt. Organizations that want to succeed in the future of work must think of themselves more like labs and less like factories!
The SVP Of Zendesk On Rethinking Our Personal And Professional Relationships
Today’s Future of Work podcast is with Anne Raimondi the SVP of Strategy at Zendesk. The topic today is a little different than most of the topics covered on the podcast. Anne speaks on rethinking our personal and professional relationships. Our relationships drive what we do in our personal lives, and how we interact inside our companies. They are changing right along with the future of work. With advances in technology, we are finding that work is spreading into every aspect of our lives. Anne describes how instead of focusing on work-life balance, the focus should be on work-life integration and how it effects the relationships we build and maintain. […]
Why Your Physical Workspace Is Just As Important As Your Physical Appearance
First impressions are important. When you meet someone for the first time appearance matters. If they show up disheveled and not “put together” then you get a very different vibe versus if they show up with their hair combed and a nice outfit versus if they show up in something casual. Each appearance gives you a different vibe. The same feelings happen when employees walk into a workspace. If an employee walks into an office and all the walls are stark, everyone is in cubicles, and people are dressed suites and ties then the vibe might be boring, not innovative, and very conservative. Now imagine walking into a different workspace with an open floor plan, touch screens on the walls, and workers buzzing about actively engaging with each other. This typically gives off a vibe that is more about innovation, collaboration, and engagement. […]
Three Strategies For Closing The Generational Gap At Your Company
When considering the generation gap that most organizations are seeing, we first have to remember that this is not the first time that we have had multiple generations in the workplace at a single given time. While it may be true that there are indeed some differences between generations, many studies on this topic find there are more similarities than differences. So what are some things organizations should do to close any generational differences that might exist? […]
5 Signs You’re Working For A Truly Great Company
If you were to ask people, “what makes a great company,” you would get quite a variety of responses. It’s one of those things that’s hard to define but easy to identify if you are part of a great company. I’ve had the opportunity to interview, work and speak with some of the world’s top business leaders to find out how they run their respective organizations and have noticed a few things that I wanted to share here. It’s great to see what there are organizations such as Glassdoor and the Great Place To Work Institute that score and rank organizations around being a “best” or “great” place to work. Still, there many organizations that aren’t on that list and are still wonderful places to work. Truly great companies have a “future-proof” advantage. So how can you tell if you are working for a truly great company? Here are five signs to look out for. […]
How Airbnb Creates Amazing Employee Experiences
Today’s Future of Work Podcast is a very exciting topic! My guest is Mark Levy, the Global Head of Employee Experience at Airbnb. Airbnb has been making headlines lately, as they shifted their focus from a Human Resources Department to Employee Experience. Airbnb has core values that really put their employees first, and want them to feel like they belong with the company. During today’s podcast, I sit down at their main campus, and you can feel the energy of their open floor and hear new programs being implemented as the podcast is recording.
Why Giving Employees A Sense Of Purpose Is Not Enough To Drive Engagement
There’s no doubt that employees who have a sense of purpose at work will be more engaged and productive. We all want to feel like we are contributing to something and that our jobs have meaning. While purpose is indeed a critical factor when thinking about designing employee experiences, it cannot stand alone. In other words, simply giving employees a sense of purpose at work isn’t going to drive engagement. From what I have seen, there are actually three things that are required.
Six Steps To Adapt To The Future Of Work
When I was writing my book, The Future of Work, I created a framework for adapting to coming changes that I call “The Six-Step Process for Adapting to the Future of Work.” (It was inspired in part by John Kotter’s well known “8-Step Process for Leading Change.”) I will be exploring my six-step process on a webinar in a few weeks, but here are the steps and what they entail (They’re best thought of as a never-ending loop) […]
5 Ways You Can Future Proof Your Organization in 2016 (Webinar)
On Feb 16th at 10am PST I’m hosting a webinar on the 5 Ways You Can Future Proof Your Organization in 2016. This is the first of several upcoming self-hosted webinars I would like to produce but we’ll see how this one goes and if there is demand for topics and content like this. As […]
The CIO Of GE On How The Role Of IT Is Transforming
The role of IT inside of an organization is transforming. With all of the new technologies being created and utilized in today’s workplace, there are a lot of discussions how best to expand the organizations technology infrastructure. Today’s guest on the Future of Work Podcast is Jim Fowler. Jim is the Chief Information Officer of General Electric. This podcast discusses how IT and the CIO role in particular, is now one of the most exciting departments of an organization. […]