So, let's get down to business and discuss the concept of outside offices, one of the most intriguing, outside the box ideas that has attracted the attention of nearly anyone who is even slightly interested in how work spaces will be shaped in the days to come. A controversial blend of futuristic elements and going back to basics at the same time, with the right dose of ''how can we make this actually work in the long-term?''.
It keeps happening. Employers claim they cannot spot a suitable candidate within a pool of hundreds of applications while candidates complain they are not even given a chance for an interview even though they know to their core they tick all the boxes in the job description. Too many options and skills diversity in a market more competitive than ever as opposed to a constant nagging that “we cannot find the right people”.
Below are three of the toughest mind battles people are facing while pursuing a new career path along with an honest effort to deconstruct them and put them in their real dimension. In other words, this is an insight in all the conversations that take place in my head:
It’s when thoughts transform into words that the world changes. Use them wisely, and their power can move mountains.
Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients. - Richard Branson
Attending an in-depth work-life balance workshop can be eye-opening and give you all the tools you need to do your own research and get a deeper understanding of how to achieve your own personal work-life balance free from both external and internal distractions. One has rarely the chance to attend one such workshop, let alone two! Well, lucky me, I attended two in one week!
Work-life balance. Sounds great, feels comforting and seems achievable, right? You wake up in the morning fresh from an 8-hours sleep, jog with your dog, take a shower singing Sinatra, enjoy a homemade breakfast with your family, put on your flawlessly ironed work clothes and head to the office. And only after you have joyfully greeted your colleagues and prepared a hot cup of coffee do you check your emails and get on with your daily tasks.
Of course, not all workplace trends are subjects of controversy. It is hard to think there are people who would oppose a shift in closing the gender pay gap or promoting a better work-life balance. However, this is definitely not the case for Automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Employees have various reasons to leave a company, but they don’t necessarily share all of them during their exit interview. Most of the times, official reasons include going after a new opportunity or a better salary. But what makes them search for a new opportunity or a better salary outside the company at first place, this is the real question.