Flexibility and Adaptability: factors that define your productivity at work

December 23, 2020

Possessing a flexible mindset is highly sought-after in this ever-changing era, especially within the office setting. This skillset is widely perceived as the ability to be mentally and professionally prepared for unprecedented shifts in technology, conducts or culture while carrying out your daily tasks.

Flexible employees are great assets to an organisation owing to the fact that being versatile would enable them to tackle a broad range of issues, plus they are more than often the type who would lay the cornerstone for new ideas and constructive changes to be implemented.

The importance of workplace flexibility in a time of crisis and rapid digitisation

Not only we are living in a technology-driven world, but also a world where crisis could show up at our doorstep, uninvited, anytime. 2020 epitomises this, with enterprises going through rapid shifts in their managing and operating methods due to the market demands but more importantly, to adapt to the disruption caused by a global pandemic.

Research recently conducted by McKinsey Survey Global of executives yielded the result that there has been a spike in digitisation being adopted by their companies to accommodate heightening demands in the shortest duration possible. As a pioneering technology company, NashTech understands that to stay ahead of the pack requires constant innovation, especially, technology-wise.

Inevitably, these companies’ workforce is the first one to be exposed to such sweeping shifts. This is where workplace flexibility comes in handy, an employee who can modify his/her approach to suit technological advancement as well as unusual demands during crisis to deliver the best possible outcomes will indeed become the company’s ace.

How you can become an adaptable player

From an adaptable person’s perspective, being open to new ideas and change means making room for creativity and innovation. Here are four traits that are often found in a flexible team player;

  1. Identify your core values and stick to them

Having a clear sense of what your core values are is similar to having a GPS that does not glitch, it will keep you moving forward. With clear core values, people will be able to retain their composure in the face of change or crisis to come up with the most effective solution.

  1. Take others’ views into account

Adaptable team members do not blot out others’ voices since they acknowledge the importance of having a rich pool of perspectives. Imagine how dull a meeting will be if everyone is forced to hold the same view on a particular problem. Discussion between different viewpoints is the foundation of any progress and improvement.

  1. Explore diverse skillsets

An adaptable employee will often seek to enhance their aptitude so that they can be eligible for a wider range of projects or assist others’ work. By exploring different skillsets, they open themselves to more opportunities than those who are reluctant to learn and adapt.

  1. Allocate time for unscheduled tasks

It’s a great thing to start making plans and follow through with it, however, an ideal plan is the one with contingency allowance in it to cover any unexpected tasks popping up. This will prevent you from messing up the time that you have assigned for regular tasks, while also being ready for any disruption.

As an expert in delivering technology services, NashTech is fully aware of the changing nature of this industry and seeks to create a flexible and highly interactive work environment for our employees. We want to ensure that our employees stay up-to-date with the latest technology as well as be well-equipped with various essential skillsets through frequent training and upskilling sessions. This reflects in the flexible workplace that we currently own and take pride in.

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