Managing the Space Time Continuum and Beyond
In the new age of Tech Layoffs, cataclysmic workforce management shifts, and the rise of no- code/low-code options; the question remains: what are we left to manage and how do we move forward managing it in a world that hasn't seen a true deflation like this in nearly 20 years-if ever.
The tech workplace ecosystem is currently finding itself floating around in space awaiting some type of gravity to ground it, define it and make it sustainable.
What creates success in that space? How do we build it right for the long term and avoid being pulled into a blackhole?
Reimagine Your Company Goals
No longer are the days where large corporations; the Facebooks…oops Meta’s… and Googles of the world could offer the moon, stars and galaxy to their workforce and shareholders; a world where you could have your cake and eat it too all while seeing returns that were outside of this world.
During these unknown times there are three constellations that help define a trajectory forward.
Defining the ecosystem where your product thrives is the first goal. In times where remote workspaces are the norm- disruptors to that ideology, like our very own tech supernova Elon Musk, believe that true growth and transparency comes by having the workforce all in one space to be found waxing and waning on each hurdle as a collective.
Others believe that giving your employees the space and time to absorb their workload and workflow, from the comforts of their own home office or shared workspace is the true zenith.
Either ideology can be true and effective. As a leader you must decide what the pro’s and con’s are for your internal working model and core product. Then you must communicate the follow-through on the task at hand, whether you are in the office or behind your screen.
Communication of expectations in either workspace is key; then supporting the workforce to reach those goals is next on the list.
Seeing your co-workers crash and burn like meteors around you can be daunting; seeing entire factions of the company you're working for be sent into the abyss can send even the most optimistic employee into the milky way.
Retaining core employees should be a priority for you as a leader of your workforce. There are many stellar no-code workforce management systems out there but none write the book on what is best for the ecosystem YOU lead. So how do you ensure that you maintain a dedicated and productive workforce after such extreme shakeups:
- Shift resources to areas in need
- Find the right employees for the right roles within the company
- Communicate long term strategies and current goals effectively
- Find ways to keep your workforce motivated and connected
- Be a kind leader: times are rough
Consistency and quality of work output and performance can be difficult to mitigate when uncertainty, tight deadlines and grueling work hours are at hand.
The paradox you will struggle with as a leader is that growth can be limited. If you have reached unattainable heights early on- wealth and growth the likes of Apple and Google come only once in a blue moon. With the tech wind down upon us defining what makes your core product a necessity, how to continue to innovate within that niche and how to continue to create automations that make your product sizzle are on top of the to do list for 2023. Evolution is key.
No longer are the successes of today eclipsed by the successes of tomorrow. strategy in what is produced, how it is produced, where it is produced along with the quality of the production itself are paramount.
Creating that viable core product that evolves with time is the ultimate goal. Crafting the balance between the best workplace with a motivated workforce that is producing stellar innovations is your way to success.
With that success and word of mouth you set yourself light years ahead of the competitor.
Based on excerpts from our BIZ/DEV podcast, episode 61.