I am fascinated with the modern workplace.
Work is a central part of our lives… after all, on average we spend 90,000 hours at work during our lifetime. So it needs to be a place that challenges, inspires, engages and makes us happy.
And this is why I am puzzled. I see a collective failure from businesses making this happen.
There is more to life than work, there really is. Yet we spend so much time in the office or wrapped up in our thoughts about work, that work and our lives have become merged. Businesses need to understand this and pay greater attention to how they look after their people.
Our choice of lifestyle and wellbeing is too important for work not to support these desires.
Companies that simply look after their people better will be rewarded by employing the very best, and we will see companies accelerate away from their competition, merely by embracing the opportunity for a deeper commitment to modernising the workplace.
I’ve spent the majority of my working life inside the recruitment industry and I feel privileged that I help companies grow by finding great people and help people find new and exciting opportunities.
Yet I now spend time inside businesses talking to them about workplace change and how they can improve their approach to keeping their people.
And I see a whole range of approaches – most of which can’t possibly make work a place that challenges, inspires, engages and makes us happy.
The exciting part is helping with this change and seeing a genuine desire and acknowledgement from businesses that they do indeed need to be doing something different.
By reflecting and considering the modern day desires of what makes us happy at work, modernising the workplace is possible, essential and exciting. For those companies that understand this it is transforming who they are.
I will leave you with a couple of thoughts… What if every day you woke excited about going to work? And whether you work for someone or own the company, when did you last instigate something that made work a better place to be?