The 21st Century Workplace


The 21st century workplace has changed, the demands of work has changed, the work skills required has changed, employers standards and requirements have equally changed and customers needs and demands have changed even more. If you do not adapt you will find it difficult getting a job or even worse you might be about to loose the job you currently have. A lot of professionals have become redundant because they’ve become irrelevant. New problems have arisen requiring a different set of skills from the ones we’ve been conventionally used to.

Customers are requiring solutions in shorter time and employers are requiring excellence at cheaper cost. So there is a need to do it cheaper, quicker and better. The employer best able to do this is most effective and the employee most adaptive to performing faster and better is most relevant. The days are gone when the workplace was one location, in front of a desk and you left your work at work. Now customers and employers want 24hrs service, response anytime, anyplace and anywhere. The workplace is now coffee shops, buses, airports, laptops and mobile devices.

Thoughts on the 21st Century Workplace!

The death of job security and the birth of relevance. Back in the day you got a job with a blue chip company, had insurance, health care and a pension plan and you stayed put. You did just enough to keep yourself from getting fired, you worked 8 to 5 but that has all changed. Employers have moved from on the job presence to job performance meaning your presence at work doesn’t translate to performance, you could be staring at your computer or be on social media. Employers now do milestones and deliverables, Human resources now came up with performance based pay packages. We are seeing the increase in flextime and part time employment. We have witnessed the rise of outsourcing, employers seeking cheaper labor. Remember now it’s faster, cheaper and its better.

Generalists and specialists, the employers need and the employees’ survival. Initially employers wanted specialists, do what you do exceptionally well but then came multitasking which required one employee to do several things and some not bearing on areas where they had specialist skills. So for survival as an employee you needed to summon your generalist skills but then also with employers cutting back on insurance, health care and pension packages you now need multiple streams of income. So the specialist has had to also become a generalist. Technology has made for the automation of most technical jobs and we would see this increase even more, there is now a greater need for human resource management in the workplace, understanding human behavior and motivation. This did not use to matter but today the best workplaces anticipate human needs and solve them before they become a problem both for their employees and customers.

Organizational structures, the death of hierarchy, circumventing bureaucracy and the need for leadership. We are seeing most organizations adopting flat structures, the use of project work teams, more of leadership than micro management. Interdependency as against independence or dependence. The need for value innovation, remember more for less, the need for excellent individuals collaborating seamlessly to produce exceptional results.

What does this all mean?

The 21st century workplace has no borders, isn’t one location, is constantly changing and is driven by value creation and survival predicated on anticipating needs before they ever exist. It’s the most adaptive not the most intelligent or strongest that survives. The 21st century workplace is a global one, so if you will be relevant you must prepare like a global citizen ready to meet needs across different demographics. Essentially survival requires a change in mindset.

Happy Workers Day.

Commit to a daily routine to grow your mind.

That’s G.Y.M for today and I trust that you are charged up and obsessed with a burning desire to succeed. Ordinary is a misnomer for you.

Plan, Act and Pursue your dream.

Orezi Emeotu

#GrowYourMind Coach


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