We are constantly being told that we are living in the future, and that the nature of work is constantly changing in response to this. It is 2020 after all. But what does it mean to work in a ‘progressive workplace’? Do they actually provide any benefit compared to more traditional workplaces? Does anyone actually care? The growth of start-up culture has brought with it a need for large companies to become people-focused. Looking after your people, whether they are your customers or your employees, is crucial for the success of a modern business. With the world of work in its current state, here are a few things companies are doing to keep up.
Top companies are increasingly providing opportunities for employees to develop themselves on an individual level. This comes in the form of assigning time for employees to work on their own projects, providing direct skills training, and setting up mentoring systems with managers. This is a classic win-win. Workers gain valuable skills whilst companies gain skilled workers and encourage loyalty.
Employees are pushed to come up with and follow through on their own projects from start to finish. Rather than waiting for extensive approval from management, individuals drive their own goals. This allows for constant innovation at every level and has made proactive employees a valuable part of the modern workplace.
Originally a staple of more traditional workplaces, nowadays a company’s core values are less a set of rigid instructions than a manifestation their mentality. Core values act as guidelines to inform on the way that employees complete their work. By building processes into a set of ideals rather than a rulebook, companies encourage creativity and reward dedication.
Open management systems
Less hierarchical systems of management allow people to make decisions faster. With employees relying on their own judgement and that of their peers, rather than waiting for a board to decide, they can push forward on the big decisions and focus on the details. This also encourages workers to take responsibility for their work and decisions, adding a personal edge to the consumer experience.
Open, collaborative workspaces encourage cooperation and direct interaction between colleagues operating at all levels. By removing blockages, even on a physical level, companies encourage colleagues to build more personal relationships and to work directly with each other. You would be surprised how recently it was that someone had the idea to hire people who will get on with each other. And it works.
Companies focusing on employees’ well-being has been a trend for a number of years now. From on-site gyms and wellness days to agreements with local businesses, you will rarely have to go far from the office to keep yourself fit and healthy.
Working from home was traditionally synonymous with essentially taking a day off. Now, as technology allows us to work seamlessly with people all over the world, the numbers of remote workers are growing. As big companies aim to catch up with start-ups, flexibility is a crucial tool for holding on to key employees.
So, what’s the point of all of this? Simply put, it makes everyone’s working life that little bit better. When companies encourage employees to enjoy their jobs and their workplaces, their employees believe in their values. Employees with passion for a company or a product translate their experience to the consumer. This results in the best possible experience for the consumer, as companies are able to innovate and grow whilst keeping quality high. In a world of short-term interests, building company loyalty is at the top of everyone’s list, and building a progressive workplace is the best place to start.