Elephant in the room – Workforce dynamics


OVERVIEW: Many companies today strive to create a dynamic workplace atmosphere and actively seek to bridge the generational gaps in attracting and retaining talent.  Likewise, many employees search for companies that offer the ability to make a positive difference and provide an environment for true career development.

There is a plethora of presentations on how to attract different workforce generations to companies and while I agree that the medium and approach used to connect with these different generations has changed over the years, the messaging shouldn’t be overly complex or fraught with distinct variations.  Therefore, the fundamental business relationship dynamics should be straight forward, honest and consistent.

FRAMEWORK: An employee should put the company ahead of their own priorities when making daily business decisions. A company should put its talent first when directing the organization and guiding career development.

It is this symbiosis that forges the foundation to build a sustainable employer/employee relationship, which in turn elevates the organization to greater solvency and viability.

The lack thereof, contributes to the diminishing landscape of preferred business practices. Personal and corporate greed alike, driven by professional narcissism, will contribute to the erosion of a vibrant business future.

The emphasis is less about the generational gaps and more about sticking to solid business principals and professional conduct. This approach holds true when both the employee and employer are steadfast with their dedication to one another.

When an employee puts the organization first and the company doesn’t respond in kind, the company will lose its top talent.  When a company supports the growth of its talent, yet the employee is more concerned for themselves in lieu of the company as a whole, production, collaboration and business continuity suffer.


RESULTS: This business arrangement brings out the best in both employers and employees and creates organizational alignment and opportunity for innovation.

In creating this positive and mutually beneficial environment, an organization and its stakeholders are able to truly take care of their customers with the same selfless mentality, in order to put their customers needs first.

The fear of one party not reciprocating the approach, can lead to a mode of self preservation, as opposed to collaboration, and diminish the capacity for mutual gain and progress.  The framework of an organization’s messaging must support this vision with the action to back it up.

Action always speaks louder than words and while the above approach is a continual balancing act, it is worth the effort.