When you peer beneath the covers of every company that falls out of favour with the stock market or fails completely you often find the same things: lack of mobility, lack of agility, lack of adaptability and lack of learning, says Josh Bersin, CEO of the Josh Bersin Company and author of of Irresistible: The Seven Secrets of the World's Most Enduring, Employee-Focused Organizations.
But before you start ripping up your organisational model this is not the answer, he says, Instead it is for individuals to work in a new way.
“I make the point a lot that people are the only appreciating asset in a company. Everything else depreciates except people. And so if you have this attitude that we can always pay people a little bit less, we can always get rid of people that we don't like, we can have turnover, we can outsource this, we can outsource that – you're going to always have these problems of not getting people engaged,” he says.
“Most employees are not doing only one thing. They have a job and they're doing some other things and they're working on a project and they're helping somebody else do their job. And they're lending their skills to another person because they might be more skilled in one area than another.
About Josh Bersin
Josh is an analyst and thought leader specialising in the global talent market and the challenges and trends affecting business workforces around the world. He founded Bersin & Associates in 2001 to provide associated research and advisory services – a business he later sold to Deloitte when it became known as Bersin by Deloitte.
In 2019 he launched The Josh Bersin Academy, the world's first global development academy for HR and talent professionals, and he is currently the CEO of its sister research and advisory firm The Josh Bersin Company. He is author of Irresistible: The Seven Secrets of the World's Most Enduring, Employee-Focused Organizations
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