In the 2014 Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends research, 78% of business leaders rate employee retention and engagement as urgent or important and related research shows that most companies have low engagement and few strategies to achieve higher levels. According to Gallup, only 13 percent of the global workforce is “highly engaged” so there is a lot of room for improvement.
In an era of heightened corporate transparency, greater workforce mobility, and severe skills shortages, culture, engagement, and retention have emerged as top issues for business leaders. Yet, much of the formation and perpetuation of organizational culture is unconscious and engagement skills are lacking. At the same time, there is a growing hunger for in today’s workforce for connectedness and belonging in the workplace and beyond.
Worldview Intelligence is emerging as a unique way to make corporate culture visible and to identify intervention points that will enable employers to grow engagement and increase connectedness and belonging for those in their workplaces. When people feel connected to the work they are doing and the people they work with and for, they are far more likely to bring their passion and inspired selves to the workforce, upping workplace morale, productivity and effectiveness.
A workforce that is Worldview Intelligent has the skills and capacities to foster learning, creativity and flexibility, to bridge differences and provide more opportunities for individual and organizational growth. It also has the ability to adjust rapidly and successfully to societal or environmental changes that impact its workforce, products, suppliers or customers. It benefits from a diversity of perspectives accessing greater creativity, innovation and problem solving. In many workforces, voices and perspectives that are different than the dominant views are often silent. While those voices and perspectives remain silent, gaps and missed opportunities abound. Learning how to invite those voices and perspectives in a genuine, authentic way is a skill that can be developed and nurtured.
Worldview offers a way to be in an exploration that is generative, healthy and adaptive. Part of the way it does this is by embracing difference as a key workforce strategy, giving voice and visibility to a multiplicity of views, perspectives and life experiences through a structured inquiry that illuminates components of individual and organizational worldview. It offers a language that does not assign value or point blame or judgment in any direction but invites curiosity, compassion and reflection.