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5 馃攽 Takeaways from Frontiers London

What we learned from Lindsay McGregor, Holly Branson, and more, about employee motivation

Autor: Nic Vargus15 de noviembre de 2018

Before our memories of massive coloring walls and candy-covered tables fade away, we thought we鈥檇 reflect on a few lessons from this year鈥檚 Frontiers conference. We鈥檒l never forget the practical advice we received from Holly Branson, a聽senior executive at the Virgin Group, for making business more ethical鈥攁nd 鈥淭omo鈥 is pretty much etched into our subconscious鈥攂ut we also wanted to capture other useful tips and significant observations about the future of teamwork. Here are five takeaways for you and your team.

1. The way we work is changing, fast

And that means your company needs to change just as quickly. 鈥淥rganizational agility鈥 is a term we heard a lot. To succeed in this business landscape, teams must adapt often and proactively. As best-selling author Lindsay McGregor put it, there are two major driving forces behind an organization鈥檚 success: how effectively you execute on your plans and how effectively you deviate from those plans. High-performing companies need both.

2. Learn your team鈥檚 鈥渢otal motivation鈥

First, a quick refresher: An organization鈥檚 Tomo, or total motivation, is the hard-to-define reason employees feel fulfilled at work. It comes down to play, purpose, and potential, as opposed to money, emotional motivations, or just plain inertia.

Why we work determines how well we work. Organizations that succeed in making work feel interesting and important reap tangible benefits鈥攊ncluding devoted customers, improved sales, and, oh yeah, employees who actually want to come to work each day.

鈥淏usinesses need to be doing all they can, not the least they can get away with.鈥 鈥擧olly Branson, the Virgin Group

3. IT solutions are now driven organically

Gone are the days of IT solutions being dictated from on high. Whether it鈥檚 through the prevalence of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) or the newest trend, BYOApps, clever businesses are letting workers choose the services and tools they feel most comfortable using. Organizations that adopt these policies should expect a proliferation of devices and services in the workplace鈥攁nd that鈥檚 OK! But it puts a greater emphasis on collaboration and makes bringing people and tools together in a central place non-negotiable.

鈥淓ither you support the users or you don鈥檛 have a function.鈥 鈥擬attias Hindfelt, CIO, EQT

4. Make work a safe space to experiment

Throughout the breakout sessions, speakers readily admitted that transparency鈥攐r defaulting to open communication鈥攊s a cultural shift. That culture shift can be a blessing, so long as you make sure your employees are empowered to experiment. And that starts with trust. As Holly Branson put it, 鈥淲e have trust in our relationships at home, trust in our children. Why should your relationship with work be any different?鈥 Employees need to know they鈥檙e trusted and that they can make mistakes, spin up that new channel, or just try out a new emoji. In the end, everyone benefits from a more dynamic workplace.

5. Create opportunities for everyone

We have a chance to improve the world in concrete ways, and it starts with hiring. Whether making a conscious decision to employ veterans or launching a program to hire formerly incarcerated individuals, creating meaningful opportunities for people is vital. Take advantage of diverse backgrounds and skills, and your business will benefit.

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