Traditional Career models may soon be history.

How does your skills (employee or entrepreneur) evolve  with constant change in the way work is done?. Your answer is driven by you and organization you are associated with.  How much are you aware of self and organization?  This blog is to self understand three different organization culture and evaluate them against my own values and vision . Firm’s culture drives behaviour & attitude of people engaged with the firm.

  • Firms driven by profits, goals and  market leadership
  • Firms driven to change the status quo and focused on flexibility and reduced fixed costs
  • Firms driven by care, with a social conscience and responsibility

Firms driven by profits, goals and market leadership.   Scale of operations distinguishes them from others. To enable scaling of operations, employees are offered with job commitment and flexibility. In this way, they can lock the talent from moving elsewhere and have flexibility to follow money and go wherever opportunity is.  Focus is to enable  individualism with minimal integration. Employees work for their salary and position in the company. Talented employees still leave to create or join new age firms.

Some of employees are involved in research. Corporates would drive employees with pressure of performance, also influence by competition by new  age start-ups. Some of them who sit on enormous cash are open to acquire new age start-ups to retain their dominant position in the world.  A corporate career starts to categorize people  as  haves and have-nots. If you think your environment is similar to above, ask yourself questions. Learning is closely aligned to objectives and performance measures. Do you have planned objectives and measures to measure your performance? Are you performing to meet/exceed performance metrics? Are you aware and build data to substantiate your performance?

Firms want to change the status quo, focused on flexibility and reduced fixed costs.  They are similar to new age tech start-ups. They are innovators and mostly are not inventors.  They are specialized shops with a strong belief that their specialization would solve all problems around. Transport industry is disturbed with app-cars today and driver-less cars tomorrow.  Retail industry is disrupted with advent of e-grocery & e-commerce. Bank cheque and Credit card are disrupted by digital wallets and e-payments. .

As they enabled product adoption with early adopters and market around convenience and comfort, they have built a good moat. They have fewer number of employees and more number of contractors/partners.They have less concerns how people of the industry disrupted would transform and are not ready to understand skill gaps in existing people.  There is benefit for all stakeholders in short-term. Do their employees, consumers and partners benefit in long-term?

I observe an extreme urge to dominate the world economy and people are drowned in belief that “Winners get all”.  Focus is  to enable individualism and dominate the market. Employees work for their salary, equity and influence they have in the company.

Except for few employees, they are cultivating a culture among human beings that “Contract employment will be king. Full-time jobs may be become obsolete.” If you think your environment is similar to above, ask yourself questions. Do you have good negotiation skills?. Are you ready or you already building your brand? Can you take responsibility to build your own skills? Are you trained to be your best in predominantly  virtual interaction with little or no physical interaction?

Firms driven by care, with a social conscience and responsibility.  Society and business see their agendas align.  They see themselves in  important role to support and develop their employees and local communities. When things go wrong, they take responsibility to set things right.

Employees may not work for them just for pay.  Employees are expected to hold corporate values and targets around sustainability  agenda. Employers want to make profit in a responsible way and want to spend their profits to make a positive difference. Here employers take responsibility to take after employees’ health and well-being. Employees  demand work that fits around their life rather than focusing on money or a specific career path. Focus is on cooperation and integration to create right culture and behaviours and ensure sustainability.

If you think your environment is similar to above, ask yourself questions. Do you look for good behaviours alongside performance?  Do you take great care to only select talent with the right behaviours and attitudes?  Do you value diversity and life balance in work? Do you volunteer and forge links with the community participating in socially useful projects?

Having read all way here in the blog, Do you have answers for below questions?. I observe that my work is of Category 1 and 3. If not, please read blog again.

  • Where are the scenarios in your organization?
  • How will you or your organization respond to constant change?
  • How do you or your organisation need to change in different aspects like learning, development and other aspects?
  • Where do you want to go from here?