There is a growing need for an agile work culture. Demand for flexibility has never been higher, but companies are experiencing their own growing pains during this transition.
But pivoting to a more agile workplace isn’t difficult nor exclusive to any certain industry. Leaders from Rolling Stone’s Culture Council offered insight into what steps companies can take to build a more flexible work culture.
For starters, Ashley Deese suggests that leaders should focus on short meetings to start each day. You can use this time to discuss the details of projects and certain roadblocks, then address them accordingly to make sure the workweek runs seamlessly.
Agile business culture also means allowing employees to fail and make mistakes without hurting their careers. Trial and error when being innovative is necessary, and workers need this psychological safety in order to truly become agile.
“Provide autonomy, which includes trusting that employees will do their jobs, whether they’re on site or remote,” said Gregg Brown, founder of Change Ready Leadership “To navigate the future of work with the ongoing uncertainty, flexibility is required. We know now, more than ever, that our personal lives intersect our professional lives and situations can change instantly.”
The incorporation of autonomy also coincides with ensuring a healthy work-life balance for workers. Since working from home can often cause lines between professional and personal lives to blur, leaders need to keep an eye on employees and make sure they are not overworking themselves.