The days of waking up at 7:30 am to make the 8:00 am train in order to make it to the office through rush hour traffic for 9:00 am are starting to fade away. Not only is the way we all work constantly changing and evolving, it’s time we take a step back and rethink the way we are working.
Termuende is an internationally proclaimed public speaker that has graced stages and audiences around the world. He primarily speaks about ways we can rethink work and position our businesses or organizations properly for the future. Which he covers extensively in his new book.
When I asked him why he decided to write the book, I received a rather inspiring answer I thought I should share.
“I believe that we can re humanize the workplace and attract and retain talent based on fit and a sense of belonging, and that if we can build community in the workplace, that we can make the work experience positive” – Eric Termuende
I know for myself to really believe in an organization or business, feeling that sense of belonging is huge. When you belong somewhere you feel comfortable. Comfort then leads to productivity.
Where I see many business owners and entrepreneurs go wrong is that they don’t work to build community. When this is the one act that can really cement your business and organization against your competitors.
A strong community is a strong force that is hard to break up. Take a gym for example. You buy a membership, know where all the equipment is, enjoy their facilities, and find it to be a welcoming and positive community. This creates a feeling of commitment and trust.
A sense of community makes it hard for anyone to want to leave and change. When we feel wanted and comfortable, it’s hard for us to change. This is what the future of work is. Creating an environment that is welcoming and fulfilling, but most of all a place that represents a community.
Now you might be curious what kind of book “Rethink Work” is and who it could be meant for. Well, I got a sneak peek inside and let me tell you it’s good for a wide range of people. Whether you are looking to find that right fit for yourself or looking to retain top members of your team, this book has something for you.
Redefining What Success Means
In our discussions, Termuende and I both agreed on a few things and one was that what success means is rapidly changing. Being successful today is totally different than being successful 25 years ago.
Living a fulfilling and satisfying life should be a measure of success. Not the size of your paycheck or the car you drive. Feeling fulfilled and satisfied inside is where success needs to be defined. Termuende helps us see this.
The Rise of Technology
Another area work is changing is through the implementation of technology. There seems to be a new piece of software or app launching every day. There doesn’t seem to be any sign of this letting up anytime soon either. I only see it accelerating faster.
Technology allows us to receive information no matter where we are. Most of the time we don’t even have to look or ask for it. It just magically ends up in our newsfeeds and inboxes.
The way we work now and into the future is always going to change. In order for you or your organization to stay competitive, you need to build that community around your business but also not be afraid to change and innovate.
As I like to think, the businesses who are too naive to change are the ones that won’t be around in 10 years. Never say never and just be willing to rethink work. This is what Termuende is doing and it’s led him down a path of reshaping the future of work.
Make sure you head to Amazon and check out his book here