Leveraging the Dynamics of a Swiftly Changing Job Market
The Digital Workforce allows us to tap into a global hiring pool. Because of technology, we can work from anywhere, yet collaborate seamlessly.
The distributed office model provides many benefits – both for the client being served, and for the individuals participating:
- Lower overhead
- More nimble
- Greater flexibility in scheduling for the team
- More time with family
- Happier, healthier team members with lower stress and greater productivity
A recent study by the Harvard Business Review found that “after health insurance, employees placed the highest value on benefits that are relatively low-cost to employers, such as flexible hours, more paid vacation time, and work-from-home options.”
Mark Murphy, Founder of Leadership IQ, wrote in Forbes that you’re 87% more likely to love your job if you work from home. The data suggests that, as Murphy states, “to love working remotely, you’ve got to have a hard-charging, go-getter, self-motivated mindset.”
At BSA, we took the plunge into the geographically distributed office model back in 2008, at the onset of The Great Recession. While our accountant told us that many of his clients had buried their heads in the sand, he praised us for taking quick, decisive action. We’ve never looked back!
The benefits are many, and we’ve discovered a few Best Practices along the way:
- Creating structure and establishing standards, ensuring everyone is clear on roles/responsibilities, approaches and processes.
- Employing technology that supports state-of-the-art reliable communication and collaboration, and train team members how to use it.
- Develop a way for team members to get to know one another virtually; foster an environment of caring, fun, and concern for each other.
- Summarize team meetings, action items, deliverables, and decisions; distribute information to all team members, and have a backup communication plan/system in place for when members can’t attend.
- Create a “cadence of accountability” and build trust among team members.
- Get deliverables out of the door efficiently while meeting quality standards and time guidelines.
- Celebrate team success, and give frequent praise for accomplishments.
As Katie Tatham points out in her piece for the Thrive Global Community, the one demographic that predominately benefits from these digital workforce changes is women. For them, balance of life is a key consideration. We have one team member who is a new mom with an infant, and another who balances homeschooling and design in an amazing fashion!
Didn’t know such a place existed in the world of planning & design? Looking for a place to thrive, be nurtured and encouraged, and grow professionally while honing your skills? Ready to plunge into the entrepreneurial realm yourself? Reach-out to us and let’s start a conversation today!
Brad Smith is the founder of Brad Smith Associates, Inc., a mold-breaking exterior planning and design firm serving the aging services industry. Our approach puts people first, focusing on their unique needs while cultivating a deep sense of community. That is done by using a rational problem-solving method, infused with Imaginality™, combining the five key components of PLACE-Creation into our designs:
Planning - Applied foresight to achieve your project goals
Lifestyle - Delivering a better result for people by understanding their needs and lifestyles
Aesthetics - The aesthetics of a property speak to the "brand essence", greatly affecting marketing.
Community - a sense of meaning, identity and belonging for the people living there
Economics - informed decision-making on the front end during the design process can yield significant dividends on the back end (by reducing ongoing operations and maintenance costs).
We're landscape architects and planners by profession, and we love putting our talents to work to create value for you.
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