The last two years have seen a lot of change, and we’ve adapted our professional and personal lives in major ways. Organisations realised that many traditional practices no longer work, the leaders realised that distributed teams and remote work can be just as effective, employees realised they have the power, and everyone realised how important (and somewhat fragile) is the human element in the whole value creation chain. With volatility and unpredictability, came the desire for organisations to reduce ambiguity and increase control.
In turn, contrary to the intent, this desire increased the complexity of work environment. This complexity gets in the way of organisational agility and adaptability. Things change by the minute and thinking about long term seems to be a futile exercise. Organisations are embracing the agility (albeit forced) and are getting comfortable with occasional “rules-breaking” for the sake of accomplishing the intended outcomes.
This 90min workshop will explore:
- The opportunity presented by the need to change and adapt
- What might you be able to hack, and break barriers across the HR to support organisational change going forward.
- How to step into a role that combines the “hacker” (create) and “activist” (mobilise the ecosystem) mindsets
- How to examine all the HR practices and processes to eliminate the bureaucratic bloat
- Build the courage to stand up for your convictions and your knowledge
- Take strength from seeing what’s coming around the corner to influence real change.
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I am on a mission to humanize the workplace. I work with the Conference Board’s Fortune 500 corporations-members on rethinking their workplace strategies; lead Reframe.Work Inc. and consult on how to create inclusive workplaces through the use of technology, human-centered design, people analytics, and future-thinking; and founded amazing.community, a nonprofit expanding the work horizon for women 45+. Previously I transformed the workplace at the intersection of technology, analytics, and HR at Fidelity Investments, TIAA, IBM, Price Waterhouse, and PwC Consulting and their clients.
People Analytics LLC
Nat Bulkley, PhD is a consultant, researcher and educator. He believes in integrating science around the social organization, economics underlying digital strategies and participative design to foster environments where people can be their best at work while developing more agile, adaptive ways of working. Nat is a recognized expert on applying organizational network analysis to improve well-being, innovation and productivity. He has led internal consulting practices in Pfizer and General Motors as well as supporting leaders in mid-sized companies and non-profits. Engagements have provided opportunities for applying cutting edge research to organizational and talent development challenges in core business functions, HR, IT, Corporate Real Estate, R&D and Strategy. Nat’s research on knowledge worker productivity, organizational social capital strategies and adaptive organizational change has led to multiple award winning papers and established empirical foundations for books by collaborators in industry and academia. Publications featuring his research include Harvard Business Review, Fast Company and Inc. Nat started his career as a newspaper reporter. Experiences with industry disruption provided motivation for developing better strategies and tools for organizational adaption to change. Nat lives in Ann Arbor, MI and is currently engaged in independent consulting as the principal in People Analytics, LLC.