With time, our perception and approach towards things change. These changes are due to factors like our ideology, our understanding of things and the growing technology and innovation amongst many others. This has not only led to a change of our lifestyle but also our approach towards work.
The traditional approach, applicable to blue-collared factory workers, is a controlled work atmosphere marked by narrow, rigid job definitions and detailed workplace rules and procedures.
Companies that follow the traditional approach benefit from stability, structured communication, decision making and consistency. There is a certain level of hierarchy and professionalism when it comes to work hours, personal space, and work-related responsibilities and communication. Talent Trends study found that 51% of employees wish their company offered more flexible work options.
Employees crave opportunities to grow and excel in every field. Modern workers, in particular, want to work for a company that offers new horizons and challenges. They yearn to do more and become more.
A whopping 84% of working parents said work flexibility is the number one most important factor in a job, with work-life balance ranking in as a close second at 80%.
With the GenZ taking over the business world things have now changed. While 9-5 workdays and cubicles are disappearing in favor of flexible hours and open office layouts, many firms want to create a place that allows the employees the freedom to create an environment that fosters collaboration and productivity. The modern approach helps the organization to be more dynamic, more virtual and more advanced in modern technology. The Digital platform has taken over completely and in the modern approach brands prefer social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook and YouTube as they attract more business.
Companies implement the approach that best works for them. Both of them have their own set of advantages and drawbacks. The key is to find the balance that results in increased productivity amongst employees and one that is healthy for the organization.
Organizations with high employee engagement outperform those with low employee engagement by 202%.
Studies have found that the most popular methods to actively manage and drive employee engagement: drafting employee engagement surveys (55%), creating culture committees and events (29%), and offering employee resource groups (20%). (Culture IQ)
In conclusion, the traditional and modern approach towards work have a lot of disagreements. But the organization should keep in mind the well-being of its employees and ensure maximum employee engagement to boost their performance.