Through years of witnessing the way different workplaces operate, Beth James (founder of HumanFirst™) noticed the missing link between what makes a thriving organisation versus a toxic, burnt out one. And it was relatively simple. The companies that had lost touch with their inner humanity, that became all about numbers, bottom line, graphs, efficiencies and output were the ones that people didn't want to work at and were naturally less engaged. From this place, the idea of HumanFirst™ was born. The initiative is dedicated to bringing humanity back to the workplace and aligning the way we work with real, human values rather than an old, mechanistic system.
Why this initiative is needed
Since the world was shaken up in 2020, the way we work has shifted. Traditional frameworks are crumbling and no longer feel conducive to productivity, growth and ultimately profit & success. Organisations need fresh thinking and a new approach to old problems.
In the words of Jack Welch (Chairman of General Electric) "Change, before you have to".
IMPACT OF COVID
Widespread fear and uncertainty has caused mental health issues and sparked a cultural/values shift toward seeking more meaning & purpose from work
Increased reliance on technology and remote/virtual working requires us to re-assess the role of tech at work to ensure it supports rather than dominates us
PRESSURE ON LEADERSHIP
Drive to achieve targets while adapting to a new landscape - the pressure is on management to address employee needs while efficiently managing workflow