Businesses must adapt, avoid extinction

In a world that never stops changing, organizations that fail to adapt to the needs of the modern workforce will be unable to survive.

Sounds harsh, right? But if you consider the changing needs of a modern workforce, one can clearly see it is vital for a company to either adapt, or find itself struggling to attract and keep the right employees, and, by extension, the right customers.

Fortunately, the answers to the challenges facing organizations today can be found as an integral part of the principles upon which Human-IQ is based.

The truth about change

A favorite cliché in business and in life is: The only thing constant is change. While this succinct phrase encapsulates many of the things organizations and individuals must accept in order to thrive, there is one caveat to this long-held notion. Amid all the change, one thing remains at the core of any business, the key to its success or failure, and that is: People.

Understanding people

The paradox is that even though people are the unchanging factor in any business, they are also complex, made up of certain elements that can change. People have drives, which create needs and ultimately lead to behaviors. If you can successfully navigate this chain of thinking, you will be more successful in understanding and meeting their potentially changing needs.

Determining their behavior

Based on more than 500 validity studies to show the science behind it, Human-IQ delivers a six-minute assessment that can, in essence, read and categorize a person’s drives. Their answers to a free choice stimulus based response assessment show the person’s drive in four different areas.

* Dominance — the drive to insert influence over people and events

* Extraversion — the drive to work with and through people

* Patience — the drive for consistency and stability

* Formality — the drive to conform to rules and structure

Based on the responses, Human-IQ trains individuals, managers and executives to see more clearly what drives them to perform, which in turn shows the needs that must be met in order to yield the most effective behavioral outcome.

As Brittni Shelton, President and Dean of Peopleness at Human-IQ, says, “If people are self aware, they work better.”

It also becomes a management tool.

“It really helps people to know if they’re in the right place,” Shelton says.

Trends of the modern workforce

According to the Gallup State of the American Workplace report from 2018, there are several trends emerging in the modern workforce. For example, workers today — particularly Millennials — tend to look at a role and a company with specifically designed expectations. No longer are they willing to contort themselves to fit into the company mold, they expect the job to reflect their ideals. They want their work to have meaning and purpose.

However, according to Gallup, only about one-third of employees are engaged in their work and workplace. And a mere one in five says they are “managed in a way that motivates them to do outstanding work.”

Knowing and understanding what drives each individual employee allows the employer to tailor his or her management style to meet the needs of the employees, thereby creating stronger work ethic and better business behavior.

Call to action

Although some of the information gleaned from resources such as the Gallup SOAW report may see like a passing fancy, it is not wise to sit back and hope things go back to “business as usual.”

“The one thing leaders cannot do is nothing. They cannot wait for the trends to pass them by, and they cannot wait for millennials to get older and start behaving like baby boomers,” according to Gallup’s report.

The time to act is now. And the first step in the process is at your fingertips with Human-IQ.