10 things we could do with at work

Having compiled the list of ten things we could do without at work, it was suggested I consider ten things we could do with. So I considered what might be realistic to expect, and applicable across all cultures and organisational sectors and sizes. I came up with these, in no particular order…..

  1. A long leash: freedom to experiment and go off at tangents, and to be encouraged to do so – without fear of remonstration or loss of credibility. This may lead to failure, but if learned from and understood can be incredibly beneficial.
  2. Trust: it needs to work both ways, and is fundamental to a productive relationship. Much has already been written on the matter. It was always going to be No1 in reality, so I just had to make it second.
  3. Thinking space: real and virtual, and the time allowed to enjoy it. Even cogs in a huge machine need standing, cooling and oiling.
  4. Open connectivity: social media and user-created content are here to stay, encourage exploration. A blogging platform and encouragement to use it – now we’re really talking.  
  5. Heroes: inspiring and motivating individuals who have created or achieved amazing things. Even better if they can spare you some mentoring time.
  6. Ears: if you have a worthy idea or perspective, you want to be heard, while its fresh and buzzing. And you want to know you have been heard too.
  7. Community: virtual or in person, across functions, geographies and cultures, bound by values and purpose. Potentially even a fraternity.
  8. IT kit: fast, portable, chic (well, I know, but….) – is this now more important than the workplace itself? As a workplace provider I realised I could work in a dump if my kit was all these things, but not in a terrific space if my kit was not.
  9. Recognition: if one of those ideas sticks, or a contribution benefits, let it be known.
  10. Clear and simple information:  vision, mission, objectives, and where we all fit in. This is not to be confused with “communication” – all organisations have this, but it doesn’t always tell us anything.

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