NWOW : Imagine the New World of Work
Does ‘work’ still mean ‘work’ in this fast-paced digital age? Can we continue to consider work as either productive or reproductive? Is work confined to a physical location or can it really even be classified? What are the newest trends and tools that are helping everyone build their careers and businesses achieve unheard-of success from the humblest and smallest beginnings?
So what is the new world of work going to look like? Here are some insights:
- Thanks to the internet and computers, the lines between boss and employee become less rigid and a more collaborative atmosphere is emerging.
- Instead of paying rent and overhead fees, companies are now paying for better IT equipment for their workers and software licenses.
- Work email is even more important—more often than not becoming the only way workers and managers document or even have conversations.
- More technology is going to be developed to enhance communication and delivery of work—bigger files can be transmitted over faster internet connections while apps that support remote workers emerge.
- People get to decide when, where and how they work as long as deliverables are sent on time and up to standard.
- Payment facilities and e-commerce will continue to rise thanks to more people working for foreign entities and other people all over the world.
- Handling a team of people involves better textual and written communication skills instead of interpersonal skills.
So how do managers and supervisors of the traditional work setting cope with the changes?
While actual offices and physical companies aren’t going to go out of date, an ‘adapt or die’ environment is taking over where you have to hire outside and find fresh talent beyond borders or get buried by your more tech-savvy competition.
Ultimately, the questions is, “How do you make decisions when you’re handling such a loose and free organization?”
Here are the three ways that The MIT Leadership Center has come up with to help you cope with the new world of work or NWOW :
1 – Loose hierarchies. Don’t designate who is above whom. A collaborative atmosphere engages employees and keeps the committed to their jobs—even without physical proximity. Creating tasks and roles instead of levels of management can create accountability and easy-to-understand work descriptions that keep people engaged with both your company and their team despite never meeting them face to face.
2 – Holacraties. Some companies today, for example, already have loose hierarchies in which bosses still exist but considerable decision-making authority is delegated to very low organizational levels. Many management consulting firms, like in our company for instance, let the individual partners and consultants assigned to a project make almost all the operational decisions about it. By leaving people to manage themselves as long as deliverables are met on time, you let them have their human freedoms and at the same time get the results you want. Everyone wins when proper management approaches to remote workers are applied. For more information on this topic I invite you to read this article : Holacracy the New Organizational Goverance
3 – Hyper-outsourcing . Many companies today outsource activities they used to perform inside—from manufacturing, to sales, to human resource management. This means that markets have emerged to cater to every company’s need. You no longer have to hire a designer, a writer, a social media marketer or developers at your location. You may have your office run 24/7 by people from another time zone without the extra cost of night differential. We call this crowdsourcing! Here is a video showing what it is.
In the end, the New World Of Work has both benefits and drawbacks. The extended freedoms and power offered to employees may be misused and cause the downfall of your company if you hire the wrong people. On the other hand, more freedom can increase both the rational and emotional commitment of your workers—going above and beyond their tasks even from far away.
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