Are you actively engaged at work? If the answer is yes, then you are among the lucky 13% (based on the global average). Disengaged workforce has become a global problem, which translates into diminishing profitability, lower productivity and higher turnover for an organisation. The culprit ironically is the workforce itself, one that is in transition.
Transform the Workplace
Today’s workforce is transitioning and remains diverse, but of a different meaning. In the past, workforce diversity often refers to culture, racial and gender differences. The definition most relevant today, however, is generational differences. We are now in the quad-generational age, where Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials and Generation Z co-exist and co-work. The concept of work takes a different spin to each generation and individual. To a Generation Z start-up entrepreneur, work is survival and essential part of life; to a Millennial artist, work is passion and inspiration; to a Generation X senior executive, work is problem-solving anytime, anywhere; and to a Baby Boomer retiree, work means life-long learning
With the huge differences in motivation, values and work style each of these generations bring, the traditional one-size-fits-all people approach is no longer relevant. A great organisation has to take a personalised approach to each generation and foster a flexible, collaborative and inclusive environment, where workplace design plays an important role.
As PricewaterhouseCoopers has succinctly put it, “People are most successful when they have the everyday flexibility they need to meet the demands of their professional life and accomplish the things they identify as priorities outside of their career”. Flexibility does not only come in the form of time, but spaces too.