It seems a little too simple to start off by saying that times have changed when it comes to how we are employed today. But it wasn’t all that long ago, less than one generation, when many employees often stayed with a single company for most of their life. There was less restructuring, and more continuity, and often the attitude of employees was one of gratitude; it was enough just to have a job.
Modern businesses are investing more in employee engagement than ever before, yet workplace satisfaction isn’t on the rise. It’s on the decline. Why?
Yves Morieux, partner at BCG, has presented a fascinating TedTalk where he explores hard and soft pillars of management, and lays out some of the reasons why companies fail to successfully integrate these commercially and emotionally skewed objectives of business. Morieux raises many astute points, which I would summarise as “modern corporations have complicated the lives of their employees so much that the collective workforce no longer has the ability to feel that they have contributed, or accomplished much.”