The old, industrial, parent-child relationship between employers and employees is simply not suitable for today's workforce. To remain competitive, this dynamic needs to change.
The People First alliance is an agreement that outlines expectations of mutual respect, flexibility and tolerance, and finds common ground between both parties, allowing them to engage and thrive as adults within the reality of modern work. It sets the stage and underpins everything we do.
For both sides to fulfil the alliance, we apply the organisational psychology concept of ‘Flow’, which provides the key to optimising work. When employees are in the flow – that is when they are allowed to focus on their work with as little friction as possible – they are at their most productive.
Borrowing from game theory, it involves structuring the environment and tasks to keep the worker ‘in the zone’, maintaining levels of challenge and skill without it becoming too stressful or boring. Employees also monitor their flow to help reflect on their personal challenges and what they themselves bring to the alliance.
One person's experience of flow is not necessarily the same as another's. Our motivations, personalities, optimal working practices and even body clocks vary wildly. What is consistent between us is that under the alliance's expectation that work should be enjoyable, self-reflection is required.
People First's personal assistant helps everyone keep on top of their daily workload, while allowing the individual to track performance, anxiety, energy and enjoyment levels – a fitbit for work – in order to understand how they personally get and stay in the flow.
Privacy should be seen as the freedom to be imperfect, and most employees would rightly be wary of exposing their personal thoughts and data to an employer. People First is acutely aware of this and keeps the personal diary of the employees private to them, using an on-device statistical model to send aggregate data points for modelling flow.
At every stage we evaluate what is exposed against the presence of 'bad bosses' in an organisation, making sure that all parties' data remains safe under the alliance.
In a world of instant communication, face-to-face contact with managers is more important than ever. The best managers make sure they get to know their employees and help them feel comfortable talking about any subject, work-related or not. However, not all managers are willing or able to do this, which is where augmented check-ins can help.
People First automatically creates talking points and schedules check-ins, helping managers and their teams communicate regularly and honestly. It makes sure check-ins are completed and everyone has been heard. This way, check-ins become a crucial meeting where each party evaluates how the alliance is going and chooses which projects, tasks and issues are a key focus.
People First contains all the functionality for you and your people to thrive, including social collaboration tools, team management, working patterns, benefits management, visual organisation charts, time and attendance, projects and goals, automated recruitment, leave processing and pragmatic people analytics.
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