17 November 2015
Engaging employees and injecting meaning into each individual's role should be the ultimate business principle, according to Peter Cheese, the chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD).
Speaking at the Workplace Week convention held last week at KPMG's Canary Wharf offices, Cheese argued that "work should create meaning, a sense of purpose and a sense of personal value, let alone economic value".
Workplace Week is a week-long showcase of innovation in the workplace organised by AWA, in aid of Children in Need. The annual event involves visits to innovative workplaces in the UK.
Cheese's comments come 18 months after the CIPD and BIFM announced a close collaboration on a number of research and insight projects, investigating how FM and HR professionals are adapting to the changing workplace.
Cheese urged FM and HR directors to realise that productivity is not just driven by economic factors. He observed that the social connection between people is an import construct, and needs to be taken into account if businesses are to get the most from their staff.
He contrasted the attitudes toward work between generations X and Y, and analysed the impact of agile working and the changing notions of loyalty toward employers.
Cheese called for workplace managers to measure social interaction, but was passionate in his rejection of traditional rule-making and measurement models, urging them to "get rid of the damn process and have a conversation".
He concluded that the aim shouldn't simply be to join the dots between HM, IT and FM. Instead, the objective should be to "put 'the human' into work, while recognising the changing nature of work, workforce and workplace".