Innovative
Workplace

Prepare

Adjust

Innovate

We are experts in the changes affecting the design of organisations and how people want to work. New demographics, generational diversity, technological advances, social mobility… you need to be future focused and prepared for them all.
Our research and insight can help you and your clients adjust and innovate for what’s coming. Let us keep your eyes wide open. See what’s ahead and feel confident about the future.

Have you thought about how the changing demographics will impact your business?

Do you know what motivates and engages the different generations in your organisation?

Are you confident you know how to maximise the impact of new technology on the way your people want to work?

Do you want to introduce a social mobility programme but don’t really know where to start?

Innovative
Workplace

Prepare

Adjust

Innovate

We are experts in the changes affecting the design of organisations and how people want to work. New demographics, generational differences, technological advances, social mobility… you need to be future focused and prepared for them all.
Our research and insight can help you and your clients adjust and innovate for what’s coming. Let us keep your eyes wide open. See what’s ahead and feel confident about the future.

Have you thought about how the changing demographics will impact your business?

Do you know what motivates and engages the different generations in your organisation?

Are you confident you know how to maximise the impact of new technology on the way your people want to work?

Do you want to introduce a social mobility programme but don’t really know where to start?

Innovative
Workplace

Prepare

Adjust

Innovate

We are experts in the changes affecting the design of organisations and how people want to work. New demographics, generational differences, technological advances, social mobility… you need to be future focused and prepared for them all.
Our research and insight can help you and your clients adjust and innovate for what’s coming. Let us keep your eyes wide open. See what’s ahead and feel confident about the future.

Have you thought about how the changing demographics will impact your business?

Do you know what motivates and engages the different generations in your organisation?

Are you confident you know how to maximise the impact of new technology on the way your people want to work?

Do you want to introduce a social mobility programme but don’t really know where to start?

There are four important trends already affecting organisations, and they are not going to go away! We know that the most successful business leaders are already adapting to the challenges and opportunities arising from these trends. Has your organisation considered their impact yet?

Generations
Generations
The impact of demographic and social change has resulted in more different generations, working side-by-side, than ever before. FIVE to be precise, albeit small numbers at each end of the age spectrum, at the moment. Given the diversity of experience and expectation within a multi-generational workforce, how can leaders frame this situation as an opportunity rather than a problem? Fundamentally, this requires a thorough understanding of the challenges, and the mindset and necessary skills to tackle them effectively. We do it under three broad headings: a. The Millennials: Managing the expectations of the internet generations; b. The Baby Boomers: Making the most of your older workforce; c. Cross-generational Team Work: Leveraging diversity. We can help you overcome your challenges in all these areas.
Demographics
Demographics
There is an upcoming skills shortage in the developed economies, meaning that the number of qualified young people coming into the workforce will not compensate for the older ones leaving it. A more immediate pinch point for organisations reliant upon deep specialist skills, is the shortage of successors in technical talent pipelines. A different social trend may offer a solution to this problem; an increasing number of Baby Boomers are interested in alternatives to traditional retirement and are prepared to ‘extend’ their careers. Organisations ask us questions like: 1. How do we engage our talented mature workers? 2. How do we make staying with the organisation a more attractive option than leaving to start one’s own business? 3. How do we prevent experienced employees becoming progression blockers for talented and ambitious younger workers? We have the answers.
Technology
Technology
Automation is fast enabling organisations to future-proof their business models. There are already many examples of human workers being replaced with robots to boost productivity. This is set to continue. And, at the same time as replacing or downgrading jobs for humans, technology is shaping how we go about doing our work. For many knowledge workers it offers us flexibility in terms of where we can work, and so, we are seeing the rise of the freelance economy, as people choose greater control of their work life. These shifts challenge the status quo and require businesses to apply fresh thinking to how they build and develop their talent bases. We can support that thinking as a result of our continued research on the future of work, and we can offer you an exciting range of workshop, facilitation and education sessions on how to build an innovative workplace.
Social Mobility
Social Mobility
Social Mobility is now a key buzz word for many organisations, but how many truly know what it means? How can you ensure it's an effective component of your overall diversity strategy? There is still a large shortfall in entry rates to Higher Education for people from less advantaged backgrounds, and this continues to impact on the lack of diversity within many professions. Social Mobility strategies tend to focus on Early Career talent, and we can support you to understand the complex landscape within the Higher Education sector, the hidden barriers and bias that many widening participation (WP) students face, and how to support these students to develop the skills required to be successful in your organisation. This may include developing a specific university targeting strategy, up-skilling your recruitment teams or designing specific employability programmes to be delivered on-campus. We can help you tailor your approach.

Download our Position Paper.

Five generations in the workplace: leadership problem or opportunity?

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Our free-to-download Position Paper explores the latest generational diversity issues now being faced by organisations, with five generations of employees in the workplace. It gives an enlightening overview and provides a useful check-list to assess how well your organisation is coping with this demographic shift. The Paper explains why and how the generations are different and looks at three key leadership challenges, and the opportunities they present, in more detail. We’ve identified these to be: (1) Managing the expectations of the Millennial Generation; (2) Making the most of your older Baby Boomer workforce; and (3) Leveraging diversity by enhancing cross-generational team work. Get our future-focused insight in this FREE download.

Did you know?

The median age of the worlds population is 28. By 2050 it will be 38. In Europe it will be 47, China 45, and North America and Asia 41.
To keep the proportion of workers in the total population constant over the next three or four decades, the retirement age in advanced economies will have to increase by seven years.
55% of employers say they don’t talk about retirement with employees. Employees think it’s more like 80%. We’ve dubbed retirement the R-Word™.
Flexibility — in work location and working hours —  is a top priority for all generations.
89% of Gen Ys say that being able to do work that excites them is the most important factor to them in a job or career.
50% of graduates suggest more help is needed from employers to help them choose which career they are suited to, as well as which company is the best fit. There is a sea of sameness out there.

Sources: The Ageing Workforce: What’s Your Strategy? (talentsmoothie, 2013), Graduate Appeal (talentsmoothie, 2011), Generation Y: What they want from work (talentsmoothie, 2008)