Today’s workplace is a complex community where individuals, ideally driven by a shared purpose, show up every day. Not just to perform work, but to contribute to the team, grow personally and professionally, develop friendships, and to learn from those they consider mentors. They bring their kids, dogs, and struggles to work. They count on others to help solve problems. And when a challenge is put before them, they appreciate the opportunity to be part of the solution.
In other words, they go to work to be… human.
Over six years ago we at Switch & Shift started exploring what it means to make work more human. Since then, we’ve examined what it takes to maintain solid business practices without the type of leadership indicative of the Industrial Era: controlling, purely profit focused, advocacy for individualism, and even putting the organization’s needs before one’s own.
And all that time, we believed (and still do) that leadership should be human-centered; the emphasis should be relational, collaborative, and rooted in mutuality between employees and the organization.
As with any mindful effort, our understanding of what we’re studying should deepen. It should change us – and our view of the world. And it has. We have a different worldview. Specifically, we see the world of work with greater depth. As so, our identity has gone through its own unique switch and shift.
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Where we once saw the need for a more human-side of business, we now understand the nuances that make work human. Sure, it’s through a great culture. Yet, there is greater leverage in changing the culture through intentionally shaping the workplace climate to be optimistic. We’ve witnessed how purpose and meaningful work can summon bone-deep pride among employees. We’re currently studying how our readers and clients benefit from the social feeling of community and how a sense of belonging can be a competitive advantage for optimum business results.
And From that Understanding Comes… WorqIQ
So today we present to you the culmination of our growth… and we are honored to share with you the next step in our evolution: WorqIQ.
At our core, we hold true to what has been central to Switch & Shift: quality content.
The focus of our content will narrow, however. You will find content and articles from brilliant minds in the specialty areas of organizational behavior, positive psychology, psychology, neuroscience, social leadership and social organizations, and HR rebels.
At the same time, as WorqIQ, we understand that we can modernize business practices through evolving – and in some cases, transforming – employees’ experience of work, all while remaining human-centered. This isn’t just a culture issue or a singular problem with employee engagement. It isn’t all a function of leadership or a by-product of organizational values or purpose.
This is a workplace intelligence issue.
Partnering with You to Make Work Not Suck
We believe work does influence our identities. More than that, the quality of our experience of work has rippling repercussions throughout our entire lives.
As such, leaders like you have an opportunity to make a difference in your employees – the humans who work with and for you.
It’s good for them, good for you and good for business.
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Work doesn’t have to suck. We’re here to help prevent the soul-sucking sound from taking down your team… your organization.
So, grab a cup of coffee, a glass of wine, or whiskey (Shawn’s personal choice…neat, please) and peruse the site. Let us know what you think of the changes we’ve made and the direction we’re going. If you have suggestions or comments, please share them with us. We’d love to hear from you.
The team at Switch & Shift thanks you for your years of support.
And now we invite you along for the ride here at WorqIQ… where workplace intelligence matters!
Shawn and Mark