Leadership hacks to manage a changing workplace
Change in the workplace is inevitable as new generations enter and old generations exit. But the workplaces of today are evolving at a rapid pace, shifting in favor of adaptability and innovation. For instance, the worsening traffic conditions in Metro Manila have pushed companies to have their employees work from home instead of at the office. This type of change is brought about by the notion that we are living in a “VUCA” environment.
What does VUCA mean? VUCA is an acronym that stands for Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous – four distinct terms that when taken together reflect the unstable nature of the world.
Volatility refers to the rate at which things change in the world. The more volatile the world is, the faster things change. Uncertainty refers to the extent at which events and outcomes are unpredictable. Complexity refers to the number of factors and issues that are interconnected. The more complex the world is, the harder it is to analyze. Ambiguity refers to the lack of clarity about how to interpret the world.
Adapting to change in this type of environment may not be easy. For companies, keeping up with the times is important to stay competitive and to engage employees. See, today’s workforce want competitive benefits, mentoring opportunities, and an open work environment that allow them to grow. But how can companies engage their employees in this fast-paced and volatile environment?
For starters, companies can create a social media group for their employees so that they can stay connected and continue to hear from each other. When face-to-face interaction is not always possible, this is likely the best solution to maintain a workplace that is collaborative.
Companies should consider providing learning materials for their employees to consume while they’re on the go. This helps bring them up to speed and stay effective with their work even when they’re not at the office.
Leaders like you have a big role in making sure that your team can perform and adapt to the world's ever changing needs. Part of the package is to make sure that you constantly listen to their evolving priorities. Be proactive in giving them them guidance, learning and benefits to empower them. Open yourself to productive conversations and foster a collaborative environment that welcomes innovation.
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