I think I can speak for most when I say 2021 has been a wild ride. It seems like just a few months ago we were reflecting back on 2020 – a year that forever changed workplace dynamics. It’s been 12 months already since that time of reflection. 12 months of growing, learning, and adapting.
Here are some of our biggest takeaways and how they impact the way we plan to move forward.
ONE: Curiosity is Critical.
At times an underrated aspect of work environments, a culture of curiosity promotes healthy challenges and conversations. When we’re interested and engaged, we want to know more, we want to problem solve, develop solutions, and create. The act of expansion was critical in 2021 and will remain at the forefront of businesses moving forward.
Stay curious, friends! And encourage this among your team.
TWO: Networks Generate Power.
This isn’t a new learning, but it’s a great reminder. You’ve probably heard many “It’s Who You Know” style expressions and as an entrepreneur running a start-up business, this couldn’t ring more true to me today. There is SO much power, knowledge, and support in my network. I’ve dedicated time weekly to connect with existing contacts and also develop new relationships – it’s a practice I plan to continue through the new year and encourage you to do the same, no matter what stage of your career you’re in!
THREE: Purpose Over Perks.
We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again – it’s not about the corner office or funky bean bag chairs anymore. Employees want to be a part of something bigger, they want a feeling of belonging and a culture that cares. As the war for talent continues, purpose remains a priority for HR leaders everywhere.
Robert E. Quinn and Anjan V. Thakor, authors of “Creating a Purpose-Driven Organization” say it best:
“A higher purpose is not about economic exchanges. It reflects something more aspirational. It explains how the people involved with an organisation are making a difference, gives them a sense of meaning, and draws their support.”
So, as you prepare and strategize for the year ahead, I encourage you to think about the above. Or perhaps about a different set of learnings from the past 12 months. How will you integrate them into your values, behaviors, and plans for 2022?