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Retaining Employee: The New Work Style You Should Adapt Now

January 24, 2019

Compared to 50 years ago, companies today are much more modern. According to Career Builder survey, there are few differences of our work style today compared to the previous era. The new style of working today is more flexible, focuses on efficiency, and gives more freedom, while 50 years ago, the work style tended to be stiff timing-command and control model.

The survey also found that 1 in 4 employees believe that old work style is not enough to be implemented at the workplace as it has a low chance to improve productivity, performance, and employee’s future career. On the contrary, majority (80 percent) respondents are willing to put extra efforts if the company adapts to a new work style. The report noted that employees prefer to work with flexibility and adopt work style that does not limit them to express themselves  in the office space.

Study commissioned from GigaOm shared similar findings. The report showed that technology has supplied business with tools that change the way we do business such as mobile phone, SMS, social networkers, instant messaging, and video conference. The report also noted that 70 percent managers allow flexible working, 62 percent companies allow employee to work remotely, and 68 percent managers say they trust flexible workers to be as productive as those working in office.

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It is concluded that new work style has changed how we communicate, work, and collaborate with each other. The new work style is more efficient, productive, and fun. No wonder, companies that focuses towards implementing modern ways of working are more likely to increase productivity, boost employees engagement, as well as improve business bottom line.

Suggested by Gist, have you adopt one of these work styles in your office?

New work style vision is aimed to enable employees for the digital age. New work style can also means a holistic change approach because tools alone will not make you more productive.

Tech workstyle

Tech workstyle means your company should adapt to IoT quickly which means your environment should be:

Mobile – The new workforce should always visible and accessible. Having access to IoT keeps you part of the labor force.  Also, the new mobile workstyle will enable your employees to be more flexible with their jobs.

Virtual – The lines blur between work and personal locations. When work is done, employers need to adapt to where workers are most productive.

Customised – Customisation is key for new workers, who are equipped with dozens of apps and platforms that allow them to work how, where, and when they want.

Connected – Today’s employees heavily rely on Wi-Fi and are always on the lookout for places to connect. Disappointment cannot be avoided if the office has no place to connect to internet.

Kinetic – The agile individual can move from thoughts to collaboration to execution with blinding speed thanks to the tools, processes, and connections he cultivates.

Diverse workstyle

In the age where work is a team of multicultural people, diverse work style is important. Diverse work style means there should be:

Trust – Workforce today cannot be done without trusting each other. It creates more efficient and productive workforce. Trust, in this matter, is needed in order to bring your team to success.

Social – Modern work style thrives because of new employees who produce content that others can benefit from. Collaboration is key to producing content that’s relevant to a wide variety of people.

Diverse – New work style is driven by a diverse groups of people, interest, motivations, and processes that come together seamlessly.

Balanced – Adaptability and flexibility help the new worker focus equally on work commitments and personal pursuits, as well as increasing productivity in both.

Pioneers work style

Pioneer work style is seen like a leader of a team. This work style demands employees to value possibility, spark creativity, and energy. Therefore, adapting pioneer work style means the work environment should be:

Generous – New employees are always sharing ideas, connections, time, and expertise, often for benefit of a greater community.

Inspired – New employees find inspiration everywhere and are filled with ideas they want to share, refine, and advance – and are happy helping others do the same.

Productive – New style means always thinking about tools and ways to be more productive.

Engages – Engaged networks of meaningful contact help the new workforce generate ideas, solve problems, and stay relevant.

Self-sufficient – Employees have their own resources and equipment. They also use them to thrive in the new work style.

Curious – New style is constantly looking for a better way to work. You should value information-seekers and those who can think critically about their work process.

People-oriented work style

A new work style does not necessarily mean to discard the old one behind. For example, you should be authentic and embrace conventional face-to-face meeting.

Authentic is when people share what they’re passionate about to create a more dynamic product.

Also, there should still be offline-driven work style, which means focus on person-to-person interactions while still use online tools to facilitate these offline relationships.

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