How does an organization execute and optimize a flexible operating model that works for the business and for people?
How do teams and individuals perform at high levels working across places, spaces and time, with coordinated intention?
How do people leverage the flexibility available to them to fit their work and life together to be their best on and off the job?
These are questions we, at the Flex+Strategy Group, help our clients answer every day. Yet according to a recent Deloitte survey of 10,000 leaders, including 1,500 C-Suite leaders and Directors, most organizations still don’t know how to implement a flexible work model:
“…boundaries that have traditionally governed the rules of work — the way jobs are organized, where work happens, and who qualifies for specific roles — are falling away. However, while many understand the need for new fundamentals in today’s world of work — 87% say finding the right workplace model is important to their organization’s success — only 24% feel their organizations are very ready to address this trend.”
Good news: The findings indicate we may have finally turned the corner on the leadership belief that we will be going back to the way we worked before the pandemic.
Not so good news: There is a crazy-wide 63% gap between leaders “knowing” they need to find the right workplace model and feeling very ready to “do” it.
Our goal for you in 2023 is to close that massive “knowing-doing” gap in your organization.
Each week we’ll share tips on the mindset, skills, and processes that help organizations execute and optimize high performance flexibility, or “HPF,” as it is often referred to by our clients.
Look for the following from us:
Mindset Mondays: I’ll share on LinkedIn and Instagram a thought-starter to consider as you approach the reimagining of how, when and where work is done.
Now & Next of Work Newsletter: In our weekly newsletter, we’ll continue to provide commentary on real-time work trends. And, we’ll provide insights into the challenges and key issues that can emerge as you pursue HPF, including:
- Why leading with “what” (the work) is more effective than leading with “where” (how many days onsite and how many days remote).
- What to do if you’re struggling with compliance for mandatory in-office days.
- How to maintain fairness when one-size doesn’t fit all.
- How to offer inclusive flexibility regardless of where someone works (or if they have a desk or not 😉).
- What to measure to gauge success.
Those are just a few of the topics. What else interests you or keeps you up at night? Share your thoughts. I love hearing from you. Email me at email@example.com and we will add them to the queue.
Flexibility Friday Videos: Periodically, I’ll share a short video with real-time thoughts on what I’m seeing from the front lines as we execute strategic work flexibility.
Quarterly Office Hours: For subscribers who receive this newsletter each week in their inbox, join me quarterly for live office hours starting Friday, February 24 from 12:30 to 1 pm EST. We’ll prompt you for questions two weeks prior.
Let’s partner to close the “knowing-doing” gap in 2023.
Let’s take the best of what worked during and before the pandemic and re-define how, when and where your organization will operate next.