Deloitte’s 2016 Global Human Capital Trends report is a compelling read. Based on more than 7,000 survey responses from over 130 countries around the world, it actually shows that workplaces are changing for the better. One of the conclusions resonated with me: building a compelling and meaningful work environment is a complex process. But is it?
This apparent complexity stems from the fact that creating an engaging workplace involves many things. Each of them, on its own, is relatively simple. But achieving them all at once, as an overall employee experience, is a more complex undertaking.
As is the case for any complex system, it needs to be broken down into its component parts. At a component level, things are easier to understand and achieve. Deloitte does that nicely with this diagram from their report that demonstrates the relationship between culture and engagement:
These components are familiar and understandable. They’re the same straightforward things that great leaders have always done. It’s achieving all these things at once, in a unified way that’s embedded in your workplace culture, that makes it complex. Even more so when your business spans many locations, time zones, and digital systems, with many of your employees out of the office at any given time.
To address this complexity, one needs a framework that connects people and their workplace needs. That’s exactly what a great employee intranet does – it provides the go-to place for communicating, coordinating, and moving forward on everything that involves your people.
At Jostle, we’ve always viewed our job as helping organizations communicate purpose and plans, share culture across locations, clarify what’s going on, celebrate contributions, and be inclusive in a transparent way. Our customers have shown that this makes building a compelling and meaningful workplace a little less complex – perhaps even simple.