My philosophy has always been: “Work is what you do, not where you do it.”
During one of our recent morning “pep rallies,” Moery Sales Associate, Madeline Trabucco put forth to our staff a fascinating topic: “1) Why did you choose to join The Moery Company, and 2) Why do you stay?”
The answers were varied and very interesting, but the #1 thing that came back over and over – was workplace flexibility.
Employees are looking for the opportunity to keep their hours and come into the office when their schedule accommodates, but still be held accountable to a very high standard. Lives are much different than they used to be. We are not a homogenous group of people. We all have different priorities, different lifestyles, and different responsibilities outside of the office. Then, why do we have to all transport to the same location and the same time?
Workplace flexibility is the #1 thing to consider for your future workforce needs. And, those industries with workforce needs should really consider existing models.
The second part of the equation is empowerment. To ensure the success of this new workplace dynamic, responsibility and accountability is crucial.
Here’s why: you’re not in the presence of employees daily. You’re not answering every question they have, and you’re not looking over their shoulder to ensure they do things right. Make yourself available to them as a resource, to be of counsel to them at any time, but be clear staff is accountable for business unit results.
Lastly – the overriding value guiding this workplace dynamic is transparency. Leaders should be open about organizational performance. What are the goals? I show my team the books. I share how we are doing financially, so they know and understand my business decisions and the various implications, which could affect their job. And, everyone sees the impact of performance on the bottom line.
Ultimately, everyone feels connected to the success of the business – not just a cog in the wheel.
My experience is, if you offer flexibility and empowerment, with an overriding value of workplace transparency, you are absolutely on the right track. It’s the modern business model, and it works.
To further discuss workplace and communication strategies or other pressing association challenges, schedule a 15-minute complimentary phone call with me. I’d love to chat.