A cohesive working atmosphere cannot be left to chance!
The innovative physical “Work Arena” is rapidly becoming commonplace as a positive resource for today’s business operation. Today’s business entities are made up of individuals representing a diverse generational employee pool of empowered, self-managed workers who expect more personal autonomy and a leadership that respects their obligation to an overlap of work, social and personal time. Likewise, as intellectual contributors to their organization, these employees require a program/process of continuous learning that is fluid and compatible with their multifaceted work style. Also, a percentage of these workers may even be in a tacit position with the organization but may, as contributors, expect some of these same benefits as the openly, full-time associates. As a result, many business establishments are moving into imaginative physical workspaces that have been carefully planned and designed for the specific needs of their occupiers. By their very design, they are metamorphic in nature and must be continually managed as such.
The Interactive Social Element is a significant feature of the new organization and must be recognized and orchestrated with sustained diligence. With such vast diversity among today’s associates, the processes and procedures necessary to support them are extensive and require an on-going commitment. A relatively new accountability of nurturing this Social (Cultural) Change is at the center of these innovational practices and the task often falls directly on Facilities Managers and/or HR Professionals. Acting as advocates for all associates, these individuals have become the conduit between employee initiatives and leadership goals and they own the responsibility to create the desired culture of Cross-Disciplinary awareness and the Social Circumstances that lead to a Unified Workforce.
It is critical to the success of the mission that these individuals, and/or teams, have the necessary training and tools to accomplish this, most important, task. The responsibility of maintaining a socially cohesive working atmosphere is crucial to the success of the business entity and cannot be left to chance!
The continued facilitation of the social elements that have been put in place by these individuals, must be strongly and openly supported by leadership.
…It’s just Smart Business!