Big Shifts are happening right now!
You see rows of desk or hubs of people seated together. You see the bosses mingling around together whilst you watch from a distance. You report to your boss on what you did today and wait hoping it fits their requirements or awaits further instructions. You ‘do’, day in day out.
You use tools assigned to you and every other person in the office. The same computer, the same desk phone, the same desk, the same software, even though all 300 of you do not have the same job. This is definitely not an example of how to empower your employees.
You follow the same procedures of ‘how things are done’ because that’s how they have always been done and people are too busy doing their job to find the time or be allowed to think about a better way to work with the technology they have. You feel disconnected, disengaged and not overly happy at work.
You may even sit in a new open plan workspace where your computer screen faces out, but feel stressed due to a feeling of being exposed and watched by anyone who walks past so you pop earphones in to try and create a sense of personal space.
Empower your employees – You bring ideas to your supervisor but...
due to them also being busy to give your suggestions the consideration they deserve you’re guided to go back and follow the current procedures. So you like every other new employee, accept the way things are done and become another cog in the working but not necessarily well-oiled machine.
This is not a modern workplace. This is not the way to be most productive in our digital revolution.Big shifts are happening right now and only those who have the confidence to let go and empower their employees will be able to reap the benefits that many others already are. Click To Tweet
Dan Gilbert, CEO, Brainlabs said recently, people work better when they have control over the way they do things. The output is all that matters – you have to give staff the freedom to work in their own way.
Paul Woods, FOUNDER, Adopt & Embrace says work is a thing you do and not a place you go. I give my staff the technology tools they feel they need to best do their specific job and through adoption, allow them to decide when, where and how they will best accomplish that. We focus on output as a team and not micromanaging. I encourage organisations to empower your employees ” said Paul.
Phil Loney, CEO, Royal London who has a similar sentiment stated if you can’t trust people, you should not have hired them in the first place.”
Neil Muller, CEO, Daisy Group said for millennials, work is just something they do: they work to live, not live to work. You have to move with the times: technology drives rapid change.
Empower your employees – Rapid technological change is exactly what we are going through currently.
The opportunities to create a ‘work from anywhere’ environment is fast becoming the new modern workplace. A workplace that is empowering employees to take ownership of their work, how they accomplish that work and where they are most productive to complete that work. This type of new workplace has substantially increased job satisfaction. A&E employees cited 100% happiness and loving their job by being given the opportunity to work in a way that’s not only best for them but are able to move the lines of working as the team grows and together finds more productive ways to work.
Speaking to Jenni McNamara, Senior Business Analyst, Adopt & Embrace about her feelings working in an empowered workplace with the right tools suited to her specifically, she said
“I love it! It is the trust in him and his trust in us that makes it work. It doesn’t matter if I work at 6 am or 6 pm or 10 am or 10 pm. I know what has to be done and it is just a matter of getting it done. When the pressure is on….you do the hours that need to be done….but in the down times….you also have the chance to catch up….on work and life. My boss recognises the value of family and what are the real important things are in life. And because of that, I think we work harder. So we don’t let him or the team down”.
Today Jenni is working from home using her Microsoft Surface, Skype for Business and SharePoint.
Grass Roots – how we made this article happen
I was able to contact Jenni McNamara using Skype For Business messaging without disrupting her day. I’ve written my content directly into OneNote, to which I will pick up on my other PC at home due to the cloud-based sync functionality with Office 365. I don’t have to save manually as it automatically updates across all of my online devices. I could pick up my mobile phone and keep writing if I chose.
I completed writing this week’s blog post on my Microsoft Surface after discovering a new local café ‘Bam Bam Bakehouse’ and working with coffee and brunch in hand. This, not only benefits Adopt & Embrace, as this work environment of hustle and bustle, music and people buzzing in a public outdoor space best support my creative and focused work style which in turn accelerates A&E return on investment in me as an employee. This empowerment also supports local business by me working inside another’s workspace.
So do I feel I work best and at capacity in a trusting empowering self-managed modern workspace with the technology tools that I really need and can maximise with. You bet and I 100% love my job and look for ways to keep improving how we work as a team because we have a boss that not only trusts us but has empowered us to take ownership over each of our roles and therefore lives – both personal and work! I put to employers, thinking about this new way of working, if you don’t trust your employees why would hire them?
Be sure to enjoy our blogs in the coming weeks, as they will be written from Los Angeles! Another benefit of embracing technology and getting it to work for your needs. With the right technology adoption, you really can ‘work from anywhere’.This has been a part of our new ‘how we work’ series; sharing real-world examples and experiences.