Project Management

Principles for Adapting to New Pressures on Organizational Culture

Joe Wynne is a versatile Project Manager experienced in delivering medium-scope projects in large organizations that improve workforce performance and business processes. He has a proven track record of delivering effective, technology-savvy solutions in a variety of industries and a unique combination of strengths in both process management and workforce management.

Are you ready for what's ahead? You would be forgiven if you’ve had your head down working hard on your projects, but it’s time to consider work culture changes and events ahead. Many project managers will not be ready to meet the demands of these complex problems—so if you adapt to these changes, you have a chance to advance your career.

The changes ahead come from several sources, but two are key:

  1. Many workers, after having experienced the pandemic, are leaving jobs and roles they feel are not worth their time and energy.
  2. Many employers are preparing to move back to the office for the first time in a long time.

For any team member in particular, this return could be good or bad. Either way, you as project manager must be prepared. If you are not, you are more likely to lose people from your team—thus adding risk to your schedule.

You do not have to be an expert in organizational culture to adapt, however. Start with the MIT Employer Toolkit, designed to help make “work designed for health.” Here’s how to pull out certain project manager-specific guidance…

Work Design Principle #1 in the toolkit is to give employees more control over their work. You have read articles from me on this topic before, but now this topic takes on new urgency with workers strongly seeking a work/life balance:

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