The Reprioritisation of Work and Life
We have talked to a lot of people in the last few months and one of the most interesting insights we have heard is people’s desire for what we have coined the ‘Reprioritisation of Work & Life’.
It is different to the old idea of Work-Life Balance where work was the focus in an office 5 days a week.
The Reprioritisation of Work & Life is the direct result of the pandemic, lockdowns and working from home. Workers are now taking control of work so they can live better lives. Work is being done more efficiently and during times that suit so that life can be enjoyed as well.
Spending time out with the people they love, participating in the hobbies that are good for them and going to places they enjoy. Hanging around the water cooler to make up office hours is no longer important. Delivering a great piece of work to an agreed set of criteria, is.
So, what does this mean for your business? Your people want to be more efficient at work, feel more organised, enjoy what they do, engage with people on their own terms and they want a clear set of outcomes to work towards.
This is what an outcomes or activity-based business is all about.
How can you build a business like that? First, you need to understand the current lay of the land:
- Survey your people and ask them five simple questions. How efficient are you at the moment, how organised do you feel, are you enjoying what you do, are you engaging with your team and do you know what outcomes are expected of you?
- Next, review all the products, services and licenses you are using to make sure you have the most efficient set of tools for your people.
- Finally, run a series of Manager Workshops. Unpack with each team-lead what is working, what is not and what can be better.
Your people have changed the way the want to work so they can work more efficiently and live better.. this is a win for you and for them. Outcome- focused, joyful people is surely the goal of all great workplaces.