Being an agile worker is still a work in
flexibility now a reality in the workplace?And is it really working? We keep
renaming it – remote, activity based and agile work being some of the current
assumption of control over one’s own time and deliverables does look like a
great way to work and live, and it seems to be is a high priority for those
entering the business world. There is
also the development of the agile work space, where people come to the office
each day, but don’t have a fixed work area.We used to call it hot desking back in the day and it met with mixed
success.Today, office designers have
started to create work spaces which are intended to encourage innovative
thought, cross departmental collaboration and improved productivity. My research
indicates that the mix of engaged and disengaged employees in an open plan
workspace does not always have the desired effect of the positive workers
influencing the culture.In fact, a case
study of a senior execut…
Does too much of a stretch impact motivation? Over many years of setting (and trying to achieve) targets and budgets, getting the balance right between stretch and motivation remains a challenge.
I love Jim Collins and Jerry Porras and their BHAGs in their great book, Built to Last, but if the goals are seen as unachievable too early in the business year, what then?
Is there a way for businesses to achieve success without budgets and targets in place?
Two old favourites " You can only manage what you can measure" and "People do what managers measure" suggest that they can't. I am sure there must be successful businesses with different methodologies, but most of us need to work towards something.
With that in mind, I think there needs to be stretch, and there needs to be a sense of achievability.
Why would you race against Usain Bolt unless you think you could win?
The same goes for budgets and targets, people need to believe they are possible.
The Gig Economy has emerged as a topic of
discussion and I understand that Intuit has posited that 40% of US workers will
be independent contractors by 2020. That
is 3 years away! What is a gig employee? Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb all utilize gig
employees as the delivery mechanism for their apps. While they are all clear that they are just
an App and don’t employ the gig employees, governments and employer bodies are
analyzing the risks and reports are indicating that they are significant. As a contract worker, which is how Uber
defines their drivers, there is not an employer/employee contract in place. While Uber, and other similar companies,
create the mechanism for people to deliver a service, they consider themselves
brokers, for want of a better word, and not employers. The UK is looking into the situation and
considering legal structures . The
concerns are particularly when people have a single source of income, although
they are not formally employed. This
leaves them in a …