Is Your Organisation an Effective Workplace?

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New year, new name. We are Holst. It reflects who we are now. We are an expert team with one purpose across our products and services:

Workplace Effectiveness.

 

IS YOUR ORGANISATION AN EFFECTIVE WORKPLACE?

The effective workplace should be the goal of every organisation. A place where teams and individuals thrive productively. Where the ambitions of its leaders are clear and the individuals engage with their vision. It sounds like a utopia, an impossible dream. But it isn’t a dream, it can be a reality. And, it can be the reality for any organisation, from SME to global enterprise. effective workplace Think of the effective workplace as a platform, supported by four pillars. Strong Leadership, Resilient Culture, Future Looking and Focus on People. In an effective workplace, its leaders recognise that employees are an organisation’s greatest asset. They make a crucial difference in whether a business thrives. Strong professional development empowers and engages team and individuals. It enables an organisation to work towards their goals with efficiency and effectiveness. This in turn fosters an aspirational workplace culture. We work at our best and have greater job satisfaction when our roles engage with our strongest personality traits. This is especially so when this also falls line with our values and attitudes. A positive and engaged workforce is the greatest competitive advantage in today’s business environment. This is entirely in the grasp of any employer which holds the values of the four pillars of an effective workplace.
1. Resilient Culture
An engaged workforce is typically the result of an organisation that shares and lives its values effectively. When a workforce is engaged, they find the balance between identifying purpose and meaning in the work they do, and the progress they make when doing it. A resilient culture provides an organisation with the tenacity to survive, innovate and drive confidently into the future. When employees are offered the opportunity to develop their personal resilience, it positively contributes to the overall resilience of the organisation. If employees feel secure in their position with clearly defined roles, they are more confident to fully contribute. When the company culture equips people with the skills to face adversity and difficult situations, it helps to nurture a personal resilience within each member of the team. It’s very important to develop the effective communication skills which are key to creating a culture of shared knowledge.
2. Focus on People
When an organisation focuses on its people, it is engaged and actively looking for opportunities to leverage their human resource in a sustainable way. This is a crucial aspect of an aspirational workplace. This focus on its people involves them at every opportunity. From curating talent within an organisation and recruiting based on the needs of the role, to a comprehensive onboarding process and clear self-development opportunities. The organisation will set clear expectations and involve employees at every opportunity. This helps to ensure everyone, where practical, has the chance to be involved. The McQuaig Psychometric System helps to ensure line managers can manage their people in a way that is adapted to each individual. Our workshops on facilitation, collaboration and decision-making are great tools to help line managers with their continuing development.
3. Strong Leadership
Great leaders inspire a thriving workplace culture through clear communication about their organisation’s purpose. Strong leadership provides the very foundation necessary for a team to develop and grow. Innovation comes from inspiration, and teams look to their leaders as a source. Leaders should create an open culture where their team is comfortable in sharing. This provides opportunity for individuals to improve their skills and better their performance. When employees see their hard work translated into tangible results it fosters an effective workplace environment. Leaders are not only ambassadors for company culture, but can actively take part in the culture creation, helping to inspire an aspirational workplace culture.
4. Future Looking
Organisations that invest in their people’s wellbeing and provide an aspirational workplace will see a positive effect where staff morale is high, absenteeism lowered and staff retention is improved. Encouraging productive relationships between staff and management and open communication, enables your organisation to work towards a more sustainable workplace culture where productivity rises. Investment in workplace effectiveness in your organisation will lead to greater resilience, innovation and productivity.
Beyond the name …
We looked at what we offer. Feedback from our SME and global enterprise clients tells us that workplace effectiveness and strategic professional development is at the heart of their growth plans. To meet this need, we created the Holst Training Series.   The Holst Training Series supports your organisation in its workplace effectiveness strategy. Each series is bespoke to your business needs. Download the 2019 Holst Professional Development brochure to learn more.

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