When I tell you the future of work is about individuals, the automatic reaction is likely to be “it already is”. But it’s that thinking which is a fundamental stumbling block to all the hallmarks of today’s competitive advantage.
Compare these two employees.
The first is building their own silo, bigging themselves up as they climb their own career ladder, not caring who they take down on the way up. In exchange for a job for life they’ll give you their loyalty.
The second hops from experience to experience, soaking up learning, honing their skills and acting more entrepreneurial. The organisation needs to fit round their abilities rather than the other way round.
Which is more risky? And more importantly, which would you rather employ? If you answered the first then I’m afraid your company is in trouble.
Yes, the future of work is transient, but isn’t that the nature of work itself now? Whereas in the past employees might have jealously guarded their personal development they must in essence now collaborate and share that learning. The adversarial employee won’t survive.
To some extent it’s against human nature to work in this way. But the future doesn’t stop. The future is already here. It’s time to change.
Blog inspired by the #CIPD14 Keynote Speech by Rita Gunther McGrath