Oh wait – People Really ARE Our most Important Asset
I was just on a call this morning with the whole Proteus team – we have these calls once a month, to stay in touch, share what's happening with the business, keep each other in the loop about important topics.
At one point we were discussing what we've seen in the marketplace over the past few months: how our existing and potential clients are operating the same or differently as they come out of the recession, business trends we're seeing, etc.
One thing we all seemed to agree on: senior leaders are starting to behave as though hiring good people and providing the support they need in order to be most productive, challenged and satisfied, is a critical success factor for business. In our experience, business leaders have been mouthing the people-are-our-most-important-asset mantra for years. But over the past few months, we've seen a much larger proportion of people who seem willing to operationalize that sentiment by putting actual resources into finding out what their best people are looking for from the organization, and trying to give it to them: skill and knowledge development; clearer organizational vision and strategy, and how it translates into goals for their job; better performance management and career pathing; a culture that supports fresh thinking about products and processes; fewer organizational impediments to getting good results.
I'm not clear on the connection between the two: why companies should be more people-focused, post-recession. I just know this what we're seeing.
What are you seeing? And if it's similar to what we're describing, why do you think it's happening?