It’s easy for anyone to get stuck in their ways, including a CEO who has had business practices that have worked well for years. However, what might have worked then, doesn’t necessarily work now. And what works now, likely won’t work well tomorrow. Time moves on; people adapt, industries shift, and so businesses (and business practices) must change as well. Any manager or leader who says that change isn’t needed, or any of the following statements, clearly has an old school view on the business of which you should take notice.
“You can’t work remotely.”
As society becomes more and more mobile, so do people’s place of employment. Thanks to technology, people can video conference, host meetings, share documents, and collaborate on projects through the web. Therefore, many employers are no longer restricted to requiring employees to work from the office. As long as there is a secure connection, and staff is taking it upon themselves to be productive, then what’s the harm? Some managers might argue that you’re “not as productive” when you work from home, but that’s simply not true. In fact, a research study by Nicholas Bloom and his team at Stanford discovered that the remote employees were more productive in a given week than at the office. On average, at-home workers made 13.5% more calls per week than their counterparts in the office.
“Work hours are between 9 and 5.”
Many employees, including those who frequently travel for business, are used to working at all hours of the day, night, and weekend. So why are some employers still stuck on the notion of the “9 to 5 grind”? The truth is, not everyone is their most productive during those hours. Some are better morning people while others are night owls. Therefore, it’s better to give employees the flexibility to make their hours, and ensure they understand what needs to get done and by when. A study by Bentley University found 77% of millennials feel a flexible work schedule allows them to be more productive. Furthermore, 84% are "always connected" and continue to check their work email after hours. That means that there should be little worry that they’re not putting in the hours. (They are.)
“There’s no need for new technology.”
It seems that there’s a new app or software for everything these days, and every day there’s a new one replacing the one that was just released. Technology is developing at an alarming rate - there’s no doubt about that. So while the current systems you have in place work well today, there could be tools that come along tomorrow that is even better. Great leaders need to understand that; if there's new technology that exists that enables you to work smarter, faster, better, then why not try it? For example, plenty of platforms out there let you see a demo first before you commit to it, so there’s less risk involved.
Remember, businesses must be agile and adapt to market changes. Employees and executives alike need to have an open mindset and view on how to manage business operations on a regular basis. Policies, procedures, and systems should continually be updated, and new ideas implemented to keep the company from stagnating.
Written by Ross Fastuca @Locomote