6-Step Process For Adapting to the Future of Work
The future of work is here. How are you adapting?
Changing how you think and act to match the future of work can seem daunting. But it only takes six steps to evolve and stay ahead of the changing future instead of getting disrupted.
1. Challenge assumptions
Start by looking at things from a new perspective. Why are things the way they are? What are you doing in a certain way because that’s how they’ve always been done? Where are there roadblocks to improve or opportunities to explore?
2. Create a team to lead the effort
Establish a group to evaluate possibilities and discover new solutions to old problems. This can be done within a company as employees work together to make changes or individually as you lead your own effort to challenge the status quo.
3. Define your future of work
Take your findings and new ideas to shape the future of work. The future of work isn’t something stagnant but something you can shape and design. What is your future of work? How do you hope to communicate, innovate, and work in the future? The sky’s the limit.
4. Communicate your future of work
Share your ideas within the organization to get others on board and within your network and industry. Let people know how things are changing and why those changes matter. Share the vision with people around you and get their input.
5. Experiment and empower employees to take action
Encourage employees to test ideas and create their own future of work. Often, the people on the frontlines have the best ideas of how to adapt and evolve to lead change and stay relevant.
6. Implement broad-based change
Look at what did and didn’t work from the employees’ experiments and apply the best new ideas to the rest of the organization. Get everyone on board with the vision and the new mindsets and processes to make it reality.
1. Challenge assumptions
Once you’ve made changes, the work isn’t done. Go back to the beginning to challenge assumptions again. Did the changes add value and prepare your organization and employees for the future of work? Keep making changes and working through the process.
Adapting to the future of work is a continual process. By working through these six steps, you can engage the entire organization to challenge and change the status quo to create an amazing future.
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