The way in which we work is changing and therefore the mindset of employees are also required to change. This is largely down to the advancements in technology, with new tech allowing for different types and methods of working, with many calling it the fourth industrial revolution.
The change that is being driven by technology, globalisation and changing demographics of employees, will mean different things to different businesses and industries, and even to different teams within organisations.
Global mobility will play a huge role in adapting to these changes as companies rethink how they attract, retain, develop, re-skill and re-deploy their talent. But this poses the question, are employees really mentally ready for the future of work – do they have the correct mindset for the technological transformation?
What is the mindset needed?
In order to embrace the new trends in the workplace it is necessary that employees adapt to having a mobile and agile mindset. This entails not only being able to change your physical location, but also changing your day to day tasks, team or even manager on a regular basis.
Employees must be comfortable having less definition around their job role and more flexibility in what their career paths looks like, as with the changes in the workforce it is not guaranteed that the career progression we are used to will still operate the same way.
Why do businesses need to help employees adapt to this mindset?
Most people within business and in day to day life are trained to think hierarchically right from day one. We are taught that once we meet certain requirements and complete the metaphorical checklist that then we will advance to the next level within the hierarchy.
However, this is not the mindset that is needed when a business is trying to adapt to technological changes. In the future of work the traditional ORG chart will most likely be changed in order to accommodate flexibility. This is a transition that will be daunting and stressful for any employee within a business as it is a change from the norm. Therefore it is necessary that employees are given the right support and coaching in order make the transition from the traditional framework to the new more agile framework as easy and stress free as possible.
Fail to prepare, prepare to fail
Preparing your workforce for orginisational agility will be the responsibility of every team leader within a company, and they must be empowered with the structure and tools to support it. Much of the support in this areas falls onto the shoulders of the HR department, who must rethink and reshape everything from employee recruitment to new hire training to reward structures.
Moving employees to having a new and more agile mindset will start with the receruitment, setting the new expectations during the interview stage, and then with the learning and development within the new job role.
The key action for business leaders is to identify that there is a gap between where your business needs to be and where it is currently. By discovering what this gap is, you are able to begin the work to closing this gap and move your business towards its desired position.
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