Most of today experts are praising the new adaptive behavior: Work-Life balance is the mantra!
People work too much, get exhausted and have reached a limit to their possible dedication to the company. The advancement of information and communication technologies such as personal computers, the Internet and mobile phones has enabled people to work any time and anywhere.
Hence, interactive digital devices have blurred the boundary between work and private life. Flexibility and ubiquity characterize the expected behaviors from the new workforce.
We all know how individuals manage and negotiate the work and family spheres and the borders between them in order to attain balance.
But the real question is: if there is life on one side, what does exist on the other one?
What are we experiencing in the corporate world? Has life deserted the office? Have all people given up all idea of individual and collective development within the company?
I believe that one lever for real change in large organizations is to reactivate life at the core of the working community.
What does it mean? Beyond all, that leaders put a part of their energy in revitalizing the spirit of being together, weaving relationships in order to make happen a collective project that has meaning for all.
I recently asked thirty top executives to describe the key features they would expect from a leader today.
The last words are very interesting: the linkage between vision and team alignment is built through inspiration as a means of connecting people together. Under such a leadership, communication has to do with creating warmth and trust. And respect and integrity prevail.
In this world, a different working life is made possible.
As a leader, how do you measure against these few metrics?