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How Can We Change The Way We Work to Keep Up

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In today’s world, businesses have to be quicker at adapting to the ever-evolving customer needs. It is important to note that Human Resources (HR) plays a significant role in influencing the mindset of the company in order to keep up with the face-paced business environment of demanding customers.

1. Start with Management

This is the segment more pressured between bottomline results and team management. Start with the Why, How and finally What we do. The way we manage our teams is to adopt a growth mindset rather than the bottom-line approach. Bottom line is always the result. The way to get there is key and the management should hold discussions with the team such that everyone is aligned in embracing change and making it work.

2. Change the Environment

Research shows that the clothes you wear actually change the way you perform. The same goes for our workplace since we spend nearly one third of our life working in there! Change how the workplace looks and feels, such as reducing physical barriers amongst desks, teams or management levels (see also: https://spacesense.co/find-designer to hire professional office interior designer). This transformational shift can eventually help teams get to know each other better. If you don’t know what your other teams are doing, there is no way you can collaborate in solving the company’s problems at the strategic level. Remember we are changing the way how the entire company works.

3. Adopt a Growth Mindset

“Every change requires a time for adoption and transformation”. Remember how much time it takes to learn how to walk? Emphasize on the growth mindset at all levels by introducing time for the team to unlearn, learn and relearn. “The Key” is not a fixed path to the results; it takes time and many experiments to understand the new market dynamism, let alone to explore new business growth opportunities. Nobody will get it right on first attempt. We just need to fail fast and learn fast, hopefully in a controlled manner.

4. Embrace a Dynamic Job Scope

Job titles and descriptions are clearly defined for guidance in staff appraisal. A company will not do well if every staff just do what they are told. As the company strives to remain relevant, staff are expected to be agile and innovative in flexing their strengths and passions, rather than falling back to their defined roles. Job scope and titles will therefore be less standardised and more personalised.

Being adaptive to the external environment is not an easy task and we need a more flexible approach in motivating the team to change how work is done. Stay committed and more sustainable positive results will follow.

How to manage workplace changes for your team Article was first published in the Entrepreneurs’ Digest, Issue 83, January/February 2019.

About the Authors

Eunice Ooi | Cofounder | spaceSense.co
As the Cofounder of spaceSense, a commercial property tech company, Eunice designs the use of technology to help companies find, set up and manage their office space easily. She has more than 10 years of experience in project management with the Defence Science and Technology Agency, CBRE and GIC. A NAFA-certified interior designer, Eunice has also executed more than S$100 million in project value, delivering workplaces for big corporations. Eunice graduated with First Class Honours in Master of Engineering, Imperial College London.

Alina Rusu | Founder | Business Academia (S) Pte Ltd
With the vision of supporting organisations during the change process of Industry 4.0, Alina’s tailored workshops and training focus on customer experience, agility and human-centered design. She is energetic, professional and flexible in adapting and delivering content to a wide and multicultural audience due to her consistent skills growth, both in Europe and Asia Pacific. Based in Singapore since 2014, Alina has over 15 years of working experience in large MNCs such as Vodafone, Adecco and Club Med. Click here to connect with her.

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