It only took a mere century, but it’s clear that the traditional 9 to 5 is no longer the norm.
Now, hybrid work models are reigning king as employees desire more flexibility and companies reevaluate how to use their office space. But perhaps the most important move during this transition involves organizations navigating how to optimize their workforce.
The common idea of the workplace has completely shattered, with employees often working from various time zones asynchronously. While this is a great way to empower workers, it also means that leaders must create policies that invigorates, supports and values employees.
This means keeping in mind the implications of a distributed workplace. For some wanderlusters, instead of taking their weeklong paid-time-off, they may choose a digital nomadic lifestyle to live and work in the country of their choice.
Additionally, leaders must challenge their own views on what employment looks like, particularly as the threat of a recession becomes prominent.
For instance, the number of workers that consider themselves independent contractors has grown in just the last few years, meaning they often work on temporary projects and quickly jump to the next opportunity presented to them.
By incorporating all types of workers, including full-time, part-time and freelancers, companies have a better chance at diversifying their talent pool. Even more, they are able to build a culture of shared values and work ethic.