A new paradigm in the work environment can mean everything to most people.
Why is a change in your work environment important?
Increasingly, employees want to feel good about the business or non-profit that they work for, its purpose and what it stands for. This clearly has impacts on the business’s ability to attract and retain high performers.
Customers, suppliers, partners, and consumers will also demand the same high standards. At a more fundamental level, socially responsible business people need to ask some tough questions about their activities:
- Do customers really need our product, or just their function and services?
- Are our products and services necessities?
- Are we creating genuine value for our customers and other stakeholders?
The answers to these questions might open avenues for creating new paradigms which could give you a competitive advantage.
Old work environment paradigms
- Cheap and nasty
- Inflexible working conditions.
- Old office structure
- Slow to
- Poor local
- Reactive to
“Build new paradigms that make your existing paradigms, or ways of doing things, obsolete”. Peter Sergeant
New work environment paradigms
- Clean and bright?
- Quality, good value
- Flexible working environment
- Knowledge management systems.
- Proactive, know what they
- Leading edge
- Flexible office structures.
- The engine room of the
- Creativity and innovation.
What will it be in your business, the chicken or the egg?
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Whenever I am invited into a business or non-profit organisation that is struggling, there always seems to be pressure to remain focused on operations.
- Cash flow pressure.
- Sales and performance pressure.
- People problems, politics and conflict.
- Operational pressures keeping them busy .… busy ….busy
- The senior management is too negative.
- People around the business live in the past.
- Too complex, bogged down in detail.
- Not worrying about addressing the real future.
People do not understand what paradigms can do and there is no real commitment to finding the answers to stopping their struggling,