There are so many changes and the way in which they have happened during the last years, that the world is tirelessly seeking to innovate and build organizations for this new era. However, what are the keys to a 21st century organization?
At HPI International we are taking these types of questions very seriously and we believe that this requires a new look and also, like each new innovation, risk implementing new models that help recognize what works and what does not.
While this is constantly under construction and will continue to change, I would like to share with you what we are doing and the vision we have of this future that has already arrived.
Bidirectional flexibility and adaptability
For years there has been talk of the need for more flexibility and to develop these skills in employees, but we must give a broader understanding to this idea.
For this new century we need flexible and adaptable people, but also organizations, leaderships and environments that adapt to the employee.
From offering time and geographical flexibility, to being able to experiment in different positions and challenges within the organization.
Adjust the work to the moment of the employee’s life and not just ask the employee to adjust their personal and family life to what the work would like.
It will be those organizations that are most flexible and bidirectionally adaptive that will best be able to meet the challenges of the new century.
Hybrid and global work
The pandemic showed us that we can operate, in many organizations, completely remotely, but it also highlighted the enormous need we have to socialize and interact with other people, to the point that mental health problems skyrocketed enormously.
Hybrid work allows, in a better way, to reconcile both things, delivering more and better alternatives to cover the emotional, psychological and productive needs, both of the collaborators and also of the collaborators.
However, this will go further, advancing to hybrid and global models, that is, the possibility of participating in face-to-face environments from different parts of the world, making closer the possibility of having international experiences, cultural internships or making personal projects compatible with a dynamic, close work with a strong culture.
A culture that eats processes
As the famous saying goes: “culture eats processes” alluding to the fact that it is always more powerful than the procedures we can create in an organization.
For that reason, companies must invest time and resources in building a strong culture that helps them fulfill their mission and vision, instead of continuing to make great efforts in the standardization of processes.
If the culture is right for that institution and its activity, the processes will arise more naturally, as a consequence of their individual and collective values, beliefs and competences.
The companies of this new century have a powerful “way of being”. They do not only have a strategic planning, but they manage to become true causes with which to fall in love, adhere and commit deeply.
These are just some keys for 21st century organizations and are some of the pillars that we are implementing and living directly within HPI International. But that is not all.
Topics such as diversity and inclusion, innovation as a business core, business building in international collaboration networks, among others, I believe are and will be axes for this new time in which we will be the protagonists.