The evolution of the employee

Employment has changed significantly in recent years and today’s employees are explicitly different than they were at the close of the twentieth century. For many the days when an employee worked a rigid 9 – 5 onsite, under the constant watch of management, are long gone.

Today’s employees are markedly more flexible, often working from when and where they choose with their own devices. Instead of climbing the corporate ladder in an inherently hierarchical climate, modern employees can choose to create their own ladders, selling their own services and have greater control of their own destiny and future.

This rising flexible working climate enables employees to enjoy greater work/life balance. Without having to endure the long commute to work and working from more inspiring surroundings than the corporate office walls, employees can let their creativity shine and enjoy a more productive day’s work.

Nurturing greater productivity and creativity, flexible working models are beneficial to employers, who get more from their employees. As employees are more satisfied with their working environment, employers don’t have to worry that the star members of their team will look for employment elsewhere, crafting a more loyal set of workers and greater staff retention.

Uncertainty within the current economy means organisations can face unpredictable growth, which may begin to stagnate. The strategic use professional Interim Managers, who are proven achievers operating through their own limited companies and sharing their expertise with clients, is favourable for many organisations, as they don’t have to fork out on pensions, bonuses or being tied to lengthy notice periods.

Despite the multitude of benefits the growing flexible working landscape has created, the rise of professional interims, subcontractors and freelancers, is not without its challenges, however.

A leading challenge is how global, remote teams are led. As social workplace bonds can break down as traditional office models decline, it is vital human bonds are formed within remote teams.

Senior management needs to be aware of the most effective techniques to control, monitor and form a social, human bond so they can effectively manage and assess employees from afar.

Richard Beesley, an interim management specialist and a Partner at Bailey Montagu has more than 20 years’ experience placing interim leaders for successful leadership and project delivery.

Richard finds the very best interim managers to spur innovation, productivity and creativity, and drive the human element that is vital for delivering successful business operations, including when employees are no longer working under the same roof.

Contact Richard Beesley at Bailey Montagu, a proven and trusted executive search partner, to find exceptional interim executive talent that will empower your company to growth during an evolving working environment.