Simply put: Organizational Design is all about making peoples life better at work. From the ongoing pandemic and technological advances to shifting generational values and expectations, our work environment has been flipped upside down turning former taboos into state-of-the-art practice. Today employees expect maximum flexibility allowing them to create their very own curated work-life blend. Remote and hybrid work settings are no longer a nice-to-have perk but a must-have offer when forced to compete for global talent. Naturally, these rapid and drastic changes bring up entirely new questions such as how might we create fair and equal conditions for an ever more diverse workforce with even more diverse needs and demands.
Consequently, hoping not only to attract but hold on to talent, many organizational leaders are facing entirely new challenges when aiming to create a work setting and culture that people enjoy and allows them to thrive in what they do. Often this requires more than a ‚simple‘ adaption of a few existing processes and structures here and there, but rather a complete rethink of an organization‘s logic that is a clear understanding of:
- what the business is for
- the goals it is ultimately in service of
- why it matters, and
- they value it aims to create in the world.
Often the big question then becomes: how do organizations manage to transform themselves, increase their flexibility all while maintaining their reliability?
Design as an approach to managing organizational change and management
In recent years, design as an approach to develop organizations and manage change has gained increasing traction in organizations around the world. From the private to public sector, companies and organizations seize the mindset and broad reportoire of methods of strategic design and management to realize change as an opportunity to develop and evolve as an organization fit for purpose.
At Wonderwerk we do this by blending our years of experience managing organizational change with our deep design expertise to solve business and organizational challenges. We call this Organizational Design – for us a tool to turn New Work into reality. We thereby focus on what we believe matters the most: unifying teams through a focus on values and purpose at the individual, team, and organizational levels. We use the tools of Strategic Design and agile methods challenge limiting thoughts in favour of creativity, iteration, prototyping, and learning.
Working with our clients we raise the big questions such as:
- How do we want to work together?
- In which ways can we tackle the challenges of hybrid work settings all while instilling a culture of collaboration?
- What ways of working and process might we need to introduce to support us in achieving our mission as an organization?
Our goal thereby is to co-create the conditions, processes and structures that support our clients in creating values, incentives, rituals, teams and spaces that fuel an organization’s behavior and culture. As we believe that as a result, relationships deepen, fulfillment increases, and people experience a greater sense of meaning and impact at work.
To learn more, get in touch with us or check out our new course on New Work offered through our Wonderwerk Academy.