24 Aug Collaborative ambition
At Meme, we believe that employers’ and employees’ needs have both changed and that the new priorities can align successfully to create Collaborative Ambition.
In our first world economies, people don’t work just to put food on the table and buy more stuff. Employees today are looking for some sense of purpose, they want to grow and be challenged, they expect more transparency and to have a voice. Everyone is driven by different things but we believe people share some intrinsic motivators, as articulated in Self Determination Theory (Deci & Ryan):
Autonomy – choice and control over what you do
Competence – succeeding at optimally challenging tasks
Relatedness – mutual respect and relationships with others.
In parallel, employers’ needs are changing too. In advanced service and knowledge economies, we’re automating or outsourcing repeatable tasks, leaving only the more complex problem-solving and judgement-based decisions for our workforce.
To meet new customer or shareholder demands, businesses need agility, collaboration and entrepreneurial thinking from their people. It’s not enough for employees just to turn up, they need to bring their best selves to work.
We believe that employees’ intrinsic needs align completely with the new priorities for business: empowerment for staff allows them to show the initiative employers need, growth for employees increases their effectiveness, and the connection is the foundation for productive collaboration.
If employers can seize the opportunity to create Collaborative Ambition, then people will put more into and get more out of their work. And the resulting energy can be focused on strategies and initiatives that benefit both business and employee.