Now, 50 years after its first appearance, what makes this wish so relevant again? Artificial intelligence and automation are fundamentally changing the work structures of many people. Classic work patterns are increasingly disappearing, creating space for new, flexible work concepts. This is where the basic ideas of New Work are flourishing, such as meaningfulness, but also personal responsibility, and community.
The principles of New Work
Furthermore, New Work focuses on the development perspectives in one’s own work. How can employees bring their entire personality to work and grow with the respective content? New Work promotes diversity and intercultural cooperation. Ultimately, this can lead to more innovations.
In New Work, corporate success is defined more broadly than in traditional companies. Sustainability, health, and mindfulness are just as relevant as turnover and profit.
New Work is a multi-layered framework and cannot be broken down into just a few elements. However, several of the following aspects are often found in organizations that are shaped by the New Work concept:
- Remote work
- Flexible working hours
- Cross functional teams
- Agile working methods, e.g. Scrum or Design Thinking
- Flat hierarchies
- Self-organized teams
- Participative decision-making processes
How can New Work be implemented in organizations?
To make this possible, a suitable IT structure is necessary to allow working independently of location and time, and compliance with data protection. If it is a matter of restructuring working methods or the use of new tools, suitable training is recommended.
Besides, classic leadership styles no longer apply to the New Work concept. The managers’ role focuses more on coaching and moderating, as well as motivating and inspiring others. They foster an open culture of mistakes, in which everything can be addressed and questioned.
New Work allows organizations to adapt to changing working conditions and provides employees with a better work environment that benefits both parties.
Are you curious to learn more about the concept of New Work? Troodi offers a learning program on the topic, in which our New Work expert, Julian Wonner, will walk you through each chapter. Here is what you can take away from the learning program:
- Origins and definition of New Work
- Reflection on your own purpose
- Success factors for self-organizing teams
- Alternative organizational structures
- Requirements for the implementation of New Work