The Global Village
Nowadays, we live in a global village whereby employees can work from any corner of the world and still produce outstanding results. We collaborate in global streets, global apartments and global open plans. These are the playing fields of spontaneous ideas, melting pots of diverse work ethics and cultures, that enable businesses to move from local, to international, to global.
Millennials, who will comprise of nearly 75 percent of the workforce in the next 5-6 years, define diversity as a blending of different backgrounds, attitudes, experiences, thought and problem-solving processes. Scientists have coined this phenomenon as ‘cognitive diversity’.
Although these concepts sound good on paper, putting them into practice may pose a fair share of challenges. Different work ethics may cause rifts and cliques, creating more harm than good. The trick lies in employing the correct management and below are a few guidelines to get your thought process going.
Drawing on the employee’s specific strengths
Identify team members’ strengths and lay them out in the open. The acknowledged employee will feel empowered to be identified as the ‘detail-oriented, analytical individual’, ‘creative outside the box thinker’, ‘people’s person’, and the ‘get things off the ground person’. Give it a nice label and encourage team members to refer to that specific person for their area of expertise. This not only boosts self-esteem but extracts the best knowledge, ultimately achieving the best results. The acknowledged employee who puts her heart into the project would be further propelled to move it forward. The secret is in creating emotional attachment.
Creating a free yet respecting environment
The HR managers’ role will evolve to become strategic communicators. HR managers should be the link between the company strategy and the alignment of that same strategy with the different team members. This is where strong communication must come in.
Unfortunately, one of the main pitfalls is that organisations fail to communicate in the right manner. Communication is key to ensure that all the team members irrespective of their background, nationality, sex or status, embrace the vision and strategy of the company.
When looking at your business, do you have the right communication strategy in place? Are all your team members aligned in terms of the company’s strategy and objectives and is this in line with their personal development goals? What tools do you use to communicate with your employees?
Sensitive to these dynamics, Nadia can identify the diverse synergies within your group and understand the rifts that may occur. Additionally, by going a step further, Nadia can help you capitalise on diverse philosophies to extract the best substance and energy to drive your business forward, beyond boundaries.