The gift of goodwill
As we approach another festive season I’ve been wondering what the pre-Christmas workplace will be like just 10 years from now, 2027, given the meteoric pace of change we’re living with.
Maybe the reception Christmas tree will be a hologram (it probably is somewhere, already) – the figment of a designer’s imagination or computer programme, changing its baubles and lights daily for variety or to reflect the organisation’s mood. Imagine…green means all is well, red means last minute panic on our biggest order of the year!
The cards will likely all be virtual too so no ‘clutter’ on desks to work around – though I confess a fondness for physical greeting cards. Then there’s the office party and the team lunches. Will they have gone in favour of a virtual check-in? Party by Skype anyone? For some that will guard against the potential indiscretions from the end of year ‘letting down of hair’ but it’s somewhat lacking in real connection and celebrating that.
Perhaps Secret Santa too will have gone by the wayside. It’s a loss I wouldn’t mourn with its often predominant driver to hit a budget rather than apply thought to the recipient of the gift.
When all’s said and done these are just trimmings and customs.
Though I can’t predict the shape and scope of the future workplace I have some hopes as we dive into the season of goodwill. At heart is the hope that goodwill, or rather will to good, becomes a day in, day out guiding principle of the workplace for leaders, their people and the organisation.
Holding our intention around will to good and living it will, I believe, transform the workplace for its people and the positive impact organisations have on the world in the moment and for future generations.
And if this feels like setting the bar too high well we are all human, with the frailties that humanness brings. So, in holding our intention of will to good we are also practising our reflection on how well we’re doing against that standard and making the adjustments that get us back on course.
It’s a valuable gift we can give to ourselves and to the wider world. Happy Christmas.