In today's ever-changing workplace, employees are seeking new ways to stay empowered and fulfilled in their careers. The pandemic reshaped the way we work, and workers are redefining what they want from their jobs and how they want to contribute. And as employees change, their employers change with them.
Workers now hold more power than ever when reshaping work culture, so have a read below for some news and views on taking charge to get what you want out of the new professional landscape. From the shifting power dynamics between employers and employees, to the need for a grown-up approach to management, to the rise of corporate influencers on social media, and the strategy of quasi-quitting your way to contentment!
According to Vox, workers still hold more power than before the pandemic despite resignation rates slowing down and many bosses forcing employees back to offices. There have been increased wages, lower layoff rates and increased levels of workplace activism, so while the balance of power has drifted back towards employers, workers still have a healthy hand to play. So, yes, it is possible to get what you want at work!
Employers need to break the cycle of treating employees like children in order for "quiet quitting" to become a thing of the past, according to a commentary in Fortune by Amy Leschke-Kahle, VP of performance acceleration at the Marcus Buckingham Company. Organisations should move on from optimising productivity by focusing on processes and start removing non-value-add activities. Instead, Leschke-Kahle suggests they revisit policies that allow employees to be trusted to contribute in their own way, and to encourage employees to identify and focus on their strengths.
Companies are starting to recruit employees to act as corporate influencers on social media to put an authentic face on the company. While some of us may find the idea of talking to millions of people about our job a living nightmare, it’s becoming a great way to get noticed and get ahead! For instance, Cisco is offering training to its 83,300 employees to act as talent influencers. The hashtag #corporatetiktok, used by creators sharing career advice and videos about their job, has more than 3 billion views. So maybe it’s time to get down with the kids and join TikTok…
FastCo introduces us to a new strategy: quasi-quitting.. It's about making a slight but crucial recalibration of expectations.. They use Tiger Woods as an example of the phenomenon of reframing ambitions and taking a pause from the pursuit of success. At the 2021 Masters Tournament, Woods didn’t triumph or come close to winning; he finished 47th, yet he was satisfied with the outcome. Despite wanting to win fiercely, he quit one way of competing and altered his methods to fit his current circumstances and found joy in his performance.