Contemporary workplace issues that are felt across the world

Updated: Jun 24, 2021

Did you know that the world is facing numerous and compounding challenges due to unpredictable changes in the Political, Economical, and Environmental factors that impact the workplace? Did you also know that international business leaders are striving forward to overcome these issues faced in the workplace to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization?

In the modern 21st century, the contemporary business environment is budding with many crucial facets leading to several challenges in the workplace.

This has impacted the mental health of managers and employees extensively. Mental health disorders come in various forms and are complex to comprehend and is highly prevalent in today’s workplace across the globe. There are many workplace issues in the modern dynamic business environment;

Ineffective Communication

According to James J. Downes, Effective communication is the process of conveying a message or information with the right medium in a clear and coherent method to ensure the receiver understands and acts upon it.

Effective communication is highly crucial during these challenging COVID-19 times to ensure all stakeholders do not suffer from misunderstandings and uncertainty. It is mandatory to foster a strong internal communication system to ensure the company can gain a competitive advantage

Ineffective Communication leads to severe issues and has the strength to potentially disrupt any social relationships and it will also lead to misunderstandings and conflicts in any circumstances.

If the right medium and mode of communication are not implemented to foster a clear and coherent message to the desired recipient it will lead to many terrible issues such as internal conflicts, negative rumours, job insecurity, uncertainty, and misinterpretations.

This misunderstanding would lead to incorrect actions and decisions leading to several issues that would drain down the organizational performance and lead to financial issues.

In the modern era, a new concept of Transformational Leadership is increasingly adopted by world-famous leaders such as Elon Musk, Richard Branson.

According to Bass & Riggio 2014, Transformational Leadership is a contemporary leadership style where the leaders motivate and inspire followers or team members to drive innovative and exotic changes leading to growth and shape the organization towards the desired goals, hence, achieving overwhelming success.

Richard Branson believes that effective communication lies at the core of business success. Richard is branded as a transformational leader in the world due to his remarkable human-focused approach valuing relationships with powerful transformational elements.

Richard Branson holds a philosophy in placing employees at the core of the organization. In essence, he is transforming the organizational culture to prioritize employees first, serving the customers second and shareholder interest third.

Richard is known for his dynamic personality of embracing change innovatively with the transforming culture inherited within the organization and existing markets. Richard Branson believes in putting humans first as the core of Virgin’s success and having fun is also placed at the core centre of all the activities Virgin conducts.

Virgin Stars of the year Awards is an event where the company brings all the employees together to recognize and celebrate

Cultural Differences

Geert Hofstede defined “Culture” as the collective programming of the mind that distinguishes the members of one group or category of people from others.

Increasingly, many workplaces employ individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds. There are many cultural issues employers face concerning fostering collaboration and coordination between employees.

These issues contribute towards draining the efficiency and productivity of the workers leading to encounter losses and failures if the organization does not implement effective strategies in place.

Employers must be responsible to safeguard their worker’s physical and psychological health to encourage employees to accept and respect the cultural difference penetrating the workforce.

Culture also plays a role in communication issues as it will affect how an individual’s cognitive and affective elements influence the decision and approach of communication. Culture impacts meaningful communication in three ways;

Cognitive constraints can be seen in communicating parties who do not share similar world views and have dissimilar frames of reference.

Behavioural constraints are differences in verbal and nonverbal actions. for example, while it is acceptable to look into the eyes of an authority figure while communicating in some cultures,

individuals from other cultures may find this behaviour to be unacceptable.

Emotional constraints describe differences in the expression of feelings and emotions. Those from a particular background may display their feelings quite openly, while individuals from another culture may rigid control over their emotions.

The world-famous business leader Richard Branson focuses on creating a sustainable enthusiastic and friendly business organization to ensure equality is nurtured and employees are motivated towards growing themselves and the organization.

The core vision of Richard is to ensure the best workers are growing their career to reach self-fulfilment and accept gender equality and diversity without leading to cultural differences, when the business grows these employees will always be loyal and enthusiastic towards the organization.

Therefore, as a result, it will create a bunch of enthusiastic individuals leading to contribute towards the organization’s success effectively.

Dynamic Advancements in Technology

In the modern economic context, the world is highly interconnected more than ever with the rising pace of globalization. Covid-19 has become a disastrous disease leading to disrupt global markets.

The only constant is change. According to PWC, these global changes include; technological advancements, global trends, the evolvement of dynamic markets. These changes demand effective strategies to reshape the organizational culture, leadership approaches, organizational structure, to thrive and survive in the dynamic environment.

The fourth era industrial revolution changes in technological systems include: 5G, Cloud Computing, Blockchain, Virtual/augmented reality, and cybersecurity, these advancements are bringing dramatic positive impacts to the corporate world.

Technology is evolving rapidly more than ever, leading certain products and services outdated and driven out of the market. Global leaders must ensure they are at the forefront of the market to embrace changes and capitalize on various opportunities to capture a competitive edge.

Therefore, as a result various leadership theory such as Transformational leadership style, Charismatic leadership theory, are introduced to survive in the dynamic landscape.

Technology has forced leaders to become flexible, adaptable and incisive to inculcate the changes by embracing a positive organizational culture to recognize changes and implement strategies to deliver promising results.

The initial cost of capital to purchase the relevant machinery and software will also cost a fortune.

The major issues of advancement in technology to leaders include; leaders will have to gain training to comply with new technology, traditional working methods transformed to contemporary working methods with the disastrous COVID-19 virus, virtual teams must be closely monitored, remote and teleworking has become inevitable and modern engagement platforms are also technically-complicated to certain employees leading to undertake substantial training driving the cost for leaders.

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