Earlier this week, in partnership with the South Florida HBS Club (Harvard Business School) we hosted a panel discussion about the future of work with CHRO’s Nerissa Morris of University of Miami and Adriene McCoy of Baptist Health and Victoria Vallaba, CEO of Victoria & Associates. The panel was moderated by our friend, Gabriela Carvalho, the practice lead of Egon Zehnder Miami. [UM & Baptist are two of the largest employers in South Florida].
[Over the months with the HBS Club we have also done sessions with Dan Oates, Chief of Miami Beach Police, Ben Baldanza, the then CEO of Spirit Airlines, etc. if you’re in Miami, the next event is February 1st].
This panel was about the changing role of work, and our changing relationship to it is a fascinating subject. The entire world of work is transforming before our very eyes and we think that there should be more conversations about it, including:
– How social structures are changing, how work is fulfilling different needs than in the past.
– How do we deal with the issue of tech blurring the lines between home and office? Do we separate or integrate the two?
-What is the real driver of the ‘startup’ fervor? Is it only about people’s quest for riches? [We think it more about people’s deep need to do things that matter to them, their deep need to have a narrative that extends beyond the paycheck.]
-Can you scale “mattering” in organizations of 10,000 or 100,000 people? What are the tools to do this? What is the role of culture in providing meaning?
-Some predict that by 2020, 40% of the workforce will be freelancers. What happens to all the social systems, institutions, retirement, etc. when employment is inconsistent?
-What is the role of HR in the future? Should they take on the “culture” role personally, or do they just make it easier for others to do so?
-How can employers change their conversation with the market, in order to attract and retain the best talent?
To help us as we continue this debate and research this vast subject further, we are forming a group to meet quarterly in Miami. If you would be interested in joining us, please let us know by emailing us here.
[The image above is really a reminder, simple but essential for any business of any size. Your 2016 targets aren’t really about numbers, they’re really about the people who will deliver them for you.]