Is your business ready to adapt to the ‘New World of Work’?
With cloud based technologies becoming more easily accessible, and a growing number of people seeking to travel and work with more freedom than the traditional nine to five workday affords, employers need to be aware of how the future of employment is shifting.
In order to cultivate loyalty and encourage employees to devote themselves to the betterment of your business, you need to understand their motivations. If you understand why they desire this freedom, it can allow you to be more flexible in your own approach to the new world of work.
Better management of work life balance
Employees want to have the freedom to get the job done in their own time, rather than be stifled by the rigidity of the nine to five workday. Each person has a different concept of full time work, especially dependent upon individual circumstances. For instance, a mum may work five hours a day, five days a week. Whilst this doesn’t fit the traditional full time model, in her perspective it’s still a full time commitment. In fact, it’s possible to argue that more so than work life, it’s just finding the work balance that suits each employee & having the flexibility to allow them to work around it.
To combine work with travel
Cloud computing and wireless technology which is now mainstream has opened up a variety of flexible options for employees. While the concept of being able to work from home is well established, employees now can work from anywhere in the world. For younger workers, the concept of ‘wanderlust’ has left them craving the opportunity to explore the world, which in the past has led to persons needing to decide if they wanted to travel or work. However, this choice has evolved, creating a third option to travel and work.
About the Author
Whilst Forrest Gump and the movie Titanic were hitting the headlines in the early 90’s, John Glover, founder of Pendragon was arriving from England. He, like many migrants to Australia, was faced with a maze of complexity in understanding the various rules and regulations surrounding migration, tax, employment law and Superannuation.
Most recently, John is now faced with the complexities of GST (Goods & Services Tax), FBT (Fringe Benefits Tax) and BAS (Business Activity Statement).
Having successfully negotiated his way through the maze, John decided to establish Pendragon in 1998.
Pendragon Management offers Salary Management, 457 Visa Sponsorship Services, Your Back Office Support and a number of other services. The company’s core values are to take ownership through passion and hard work, be agile enough to follow proven process but able to embrace change, and to be transparent with all communications, both internally and externally.
This concept is reflected in the ‘Remote Year’ program, where 75 ‘digital nomads’ leave their office for a year to travel, live and work in twelve different countries. The inaugural group saw contractors and freelancers, but also CEOs, software developers, client relation officers, marketing directors, statisticians, all areas of employment, all levels of seniority, all with a common purpose, to work remotely. Further, the business back home would also benefit from the experiences that their employees have, as they create and formulate fresh ideas and approaches in response to what they learn in their travels.
More control over their time
Most people who have better control over their time at work and in life are more efficient when it comes to the old saying ‘work smarter not harder’. With all the technology and outsourcing options available today, you should be able to manage your time far more efficiently. If you don’t want to do it or you don’t have the necessary skills, why not outsource it? Outsource your ironing, your lawn cutting, your marketing, your payroll, especially if you have better things to do with your time.
If you have the trust of your work colleagues, and they have your trust in return and as a team there is a work ethic that encourages input into the direction of the company or department, you can consider convenience. This means if an employee has something personal which they need to do during the work day, they have the freedom to do so with no questions asked, because if it’s possible to take the stress off our personal lives, then in turn it will be positive for our work lives.
Freedom is a platform for innovation in their work
Following from above, the more perceived freedom we have, in that we still have to put in our hours but we feel as though we are not being policed too hard, then this opens up our relaxed state and allows our mind to look at how we can better do our day to day work. This allows employees to come up with new ideas, encourage motivation to actually work and enjoy going to work. Give more control to the individuals and ask them how they would perform the role, get their thoughts on how the work should be done or carried out, and what they think they could get done over the next week.