Work Ethos

Work Ethos is at the heart of why we work, what drives us and gives us purpose and meaning in the workplace. It is a state of mental being that leads to what Gallup describes as employee engagement (or disengagement). According to Gallup, the far majority 82% of employees in the US are not engaged or actively disengaged leading to about $450 to $550 Billion in lost productivity every year, and this situation has continued to worsen for a dozen years.

My thesis is that we need a renewed focus on helping and co-developing purpose in each  enterprise participant’s role whether employee, management, partner, or customer, a subject I focused on in my Enterprise 2.0 Summit 2013 talk, Work Ethos, Purpose and Productivity. I extend this to focus on productivity as well as employment models in all its forms.

Related Articles and Presentations

  1. Work Ethos, Purpose and Productivity (Enterprise 2.0 Summit 2013, Paris)
  2. Four Elementary Forms of Sociality Impacting Trust and Relationships (Forbes)
  3. Is your Employment Model Too Stateful? (Forbes)
  4. Think Like Zuck’s New Generation of Work Ethic (Forbes)
  5. The Future of Work (Forbes)
  6. Working with Five Generations in the Workplace (Forbes)
  7. Building a Shared Purpose Organization Requires Job Mobility and Flexibility (Forbes)
  8. Working Beyond Employment (Forbes)
  9. Can Social Business Reshape the Organization (Social Business Forum 2012, Milan)
  10. The Blurring of Job Loyalties, Social Collaboration and Personal Freedom (3rd IBM Conference on Humans and Technology, 2011)
  11. Smarter Leadership for a Smarter Planet (Presentation at PepsiCo Corporate)

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