The Changing Nature of Organizations, Work, and Workplace
Everything around us is changing, and it is changing rapidly! What seems unrealistic and unachievable today is likely to become a regular affair in a couple of days. People, environment, technologies, economies, markets, transportation, infrastructure, everything is developing fast. And so is our workplace, nature of work and our organisations.
If we were to compare our current working conditions with those of a decade ago, we will find a prodigious change in almost everything. Desktops have been replaced with iPads, papers have been replaced with digital information, files have been replaced with hard disks and fax has been replaced with instantaneous emails. From our office printer to the water dispenser everything has gone through a drastic change. In a sense, everything has evolved for the better!
Even if we set aside the materialistic gizmo, the credentials of our work have also evolved to a great extent. The gap between the management and the employees has narrowed down to almost a negligible level. Employees and subordinates are given importance in the decision making process for the business. The focus of the organisations has largely shifted to providing the best benefits and perks to the employees. Employee satisfaction has moved up the priority list of the industries so that the prime focus of their employees is on conferring the best services to their customers.
Employees too are nowadays required to be efficacious in their demeanor. Always being on the go is a mandate in today’s work culture. Monitoring and work assessment are almost done on a real time basis. Competitions are vigorous at all levels. Everyone is at a constant marathon with their peers and counter parts. Mistakes can be catastrophic, even if it is a silly one. There will always be someone amongst your colleagues or competitors to take benefit and skim at your blunder.
Work dynamics have changed. The complexity of work has also increased. People are expected to be subject matter experts in their respective fields. At the same time, they are also expected to be multi taskers with knowledge on various others aspects. Hierarchy has been replaced by parallel systems. Team work is more pivotal than individual achievement. Dependency on advanced technologies has become abundant. Human effort has been lessened with the use of these advanced technologies. Routine operations are automated, saving time and energy. As a result of which, job responsibilities of manpower have shifted towards strategic planning, growth, and innovation. With new trends hitting the market every day, modification in existing standards of every business house is indispensable.
Organisations in the present times have become dynamic. Globalisation has uplifted the performance benchmark. Geographical boundaries stand no restraint when it comes to providing service. Organisations welcome multicultural workforce with ease. Diverse cultural background of the workforce, age difference, linguistic unfamiliarity, gender biases, etc. do not matter anymore in this cosmopolitan urbane work culture. They never let go of opportunities to develop and lead. What matters most is the success. It is the new leader in this era of emerging markets. And success is the only constant in this ever changing milieu.