What’s your flexibility philosophy?
What is required for an employer to thrive in today’s employee-driven market? What’s your flexibility philosophy?
Leading through constant change while staying true to a consistent mission and vision is a significant challenge many face in the workplace. We may be driven by a desire to avoid negative consequences, such as being perceived as following the latest trend or sticking to old ways. Employees often voice these perceptions, which can be a hindrance to progress.
When did you last assess your approach to achieving your personal goals?
And more importantly, how do you define flexibility? As is the case for our employees, there’s a path forward as long as our mission is defined, but our approach is adaptable to changing circumstances. Here are some questions every small business should be asking themselves:
- What’s your competitive advantage in this new economic climate? Are you competing in your industry on price or quality, and where specifically do you see growth potential in that market?
- Do you need high-caliber people to achieve your mission through a relentless focus on efficiency and effectiveness or a novel approach to innovative, high-quality products/services?
- Do you know what motivates performance for these in-demand candidates and employees? Does your business strategy align with their needs and the demands of your customer base?
Leadership is the road that guides change toward achieving an organization’s vision. This road sometimes has bumps and widens or narrows, but it leads somewhere meaningful and unique. Driven people want to get on board to achieve something important to them and the group.
If you know what flexibility looks like, do you know the answer your people would give? Should some aspects of your strategic workforce plans and decision-making processes be adaptive while others remain steadfast?
Defining your approach to flexibility is the first step toward creating an army of brand ambassadors. It would be best to have a team that leverages change to help you articulate and achieve a shared vision. Your company doesn’t need an extensive HR department to evaluate and implement effective and innovative human resources strategies and tactics. If you need help achieving your organization’s mission, the next step is discussing your goals and HR needs with a quality HR consulting firm.