Diving in to another topic from our 2021 World Changers report, Elle Bradley-Cox explores the rise of activism.
Hierarchy is a staple of corporate life. Careers have been built on it, power is wielded through it, and those at the top of the ladder aren’t going to cede their place easily. But now we’ve glimpsed into the CEO’s bedroom, and seen frontline colleagues transform into superheroes, how will that revolutionise stereotypical workplace structures?
The pandemic may have accelerated the operational transformation of many businesses, but can we genuinely say the same about internal hierarchies?
While we may have been presented with an opportunity to reinvent, the appetite to do so has been lukewarm in many boardrooms. So, is it time to shake up the status quo? What are the opportunities for businesses willing to break with tradition? What are the risks for those who aren’t?
Senior consultant Daniel Lambie chose this theme as his World Changer for our 2021 report. Host Elle Bradley-Cox chats with Daniel and scarlettabbott co-founder Rachel Thornton to get their views on whether hierarchy still has a place in our new world of work.
And, later in the episode, guest Kate Shaw, senior internal comms manager at Nationwide shares her thoughts on what the future of work means for organisational hierarchies.
Kate Shaw, senior internal communications manager, Nationwide.
00:00 Intro to the episode.
01:30 Roundtable with Elle, Daniel and Rachel, exploring the rise of employee activism.
30:00 A conversation with Kate Shaw, Nationwide, about the organisation's future of work plans and the impact on it's structure.