I’m comforted that many are experiencing the same problem - misery truly does love company - and realise that the nature of work has changed fundamentally. With the rise of the gig economy, rapid shift and consolidation of skill sets from the traditional, major in one field to, major in one field but dabble in multiple cross cutting areas, the concept of work is not what it was and the fulfillment it is supposed to bring is no longer as cut and dry as it used to be. A report done by the World Economic Forum in 2016 is spot on in its analysis, it shows that now more than ever, the ability to create, innovate and solve problems critically is what matters to drive success. Increasingly employees are looking to do what matters to them, delve into work that creates value for themselves and others yet can support their life. This is markedly different from working for works sake because it was expected that one ought to hold down a regular 9-5 job to be considered a productive member of the adult population. In short, a complete overhaul of our outlook is needed, not only in terms of rethinking what the workforce can do i.e different roles, up-skilling and equipping employees to handle opportunities in this fourth industrial revolution of technology, but also in terms of how we think about work.
This now forms the crux of how we as an organization that operates predominantly in the Global South is thinking about work. We are pivoting to refine remote work policies to create an atmosphere that promotes performance, productivity, motivation, connectedness and well-being. How? by creating a team that uses the behavioral science skills we deploy to help businesses succeed, on ourselves. The process has involved carrying out research to identify internal gaps that we may have overlooked by focusing mainly on results. A candid under-the-hood look at the challenges we face, what conditions would be considered ideal and even better, how best to innovate and leapfrog into a future that is already present. As part of our long standing goal and commitment to transparency, we’ve developed a series of podcasts and a blog post to give you a front row seat on how we are working to improve ourselves and experiment with alternative working arrangements. Our hope is that you will find this useful as you also navigate how to work moving forward, and as always our aim is a data driven approach that leverages theory to get to action.
If this sounds like something you would be interested in and would like to collaborate with us on the practical application and implication for your organization, do get in touch!