Why the Shift to People Working Less Isn't a Bad Thing
There’s a clear and visible trend that started in 2020 and that has continued to evolve: What the definition of “work” is and what it means to people.
In the news, it’s simplified. They say that restaurants don’t pay people enough and therefore they can’t find workers. While that might be true, my clients aren’t restaurants, and neither is BGBO Co. Yet somehow we’re all feeling what can only be described as a “shift.”
It’s also more complicated than classifying things as an issue with “working from home” vs “working from an office.”
We’re seeing teams that are having to be completely restructured because, in general, people aren’t wanting to spend forty hours of their life working every week.
But, is this “shift” a bad thing? It’s just my opinion, but I don’t think so.
Halfway through this year, I made a conscious decision to structure BGBO Co and account for what was changing. I wanted to look at how we could leverage this to make us stronger, rather than find creative ways to fight it. And it seems to be working.
Here are some examples:
- More PT instead of FT team members means more diverse backgrounds and perspectives. This means we’re better at solving problems for our clients and ourselves.
- More flexibility means that people are more productive because they’re able to take a break when they need to (or go to the doctors, or hell, go grocery shopping when it’s not busy).
- To support the flexibility, we operate using objectives with due dates, which means that our team is more empowered to make decisions and come up with creative solutions, rather than be told what to do.
- Outside of strategic meetings, we only have one 30-min meeting a day to sync up on our projects. Everything else is asynchronous through ClickUp with heavy use of video to communicate (doesn’t everything sound better at 2x playback speed?).
- We’re constantly improving our own processes, but by having them defined and documented, we’re able to spend our days moving forward and getting stuff done, not having to answer questions all day long.
- We’re able to attract talent that is looking for a more “modern” style of working. It’s easy to compete with companies that have a top-down management style and don’t want to (or can’t) change with the times.
Does this mean we are paying higher wages for fewer hours worked? It sure does! But, that’s the wrong metric to worry about.