The last few years have permanently changed work.
People, at every level, every role, and every age, are demanding more.
Meaning, purpose, energy, excitement, well-being, dignity, flexibility, and the ability to fully-express not just their skills and abilities, but also their sense of self and identity have become non-negotiable.
“People don’t just want to live good lives in the margins outside work, they want to live good lives during and through their work.”
This is the new normal, and it’s here to stay.
While certain organizations may feel compelled to reject this shift based largely on an ingrained resistance to change, the bigger question is, why would they want to?
With rare exception, even in Before Times, the old normal was mildly to wildly broken. Record low levels of engagement, motivation, and satisfaction, and record high levels of burnout, overwhelm, attrition, and dissatisfaction dominated. Even if it wasn’t outwardly expressed, it was there, serving as sand in every part of the machine. Hurting not just individuals, but companies.
Organizations who can deliver these new workplace non-negotiables will set themselves up to gain a powerful competitive advantage, unlocking the power of a fully-engaged and awakened workforce. They’ll also become known as the “employers of choice” for the new world-of-work order.”
The problem is, the old-school tools and strategies that used to help talent professionals, leaders, coaches, and advisors deliver “just enough” to keep people baseline checked-in (most of which were built for a now-dated paradigm) are not coming close to meeting this moment.
The Sparketype® body-of-work is different.
The Sparketype Assessment, along with its rapidly growing tools, strategies, programming, and the flagship ICF-approved Certified Sparketype Advisor training, are changing the game.
Drawing upon the input of nearly 850,000 people, generating more than 42-million data-points, and serving as one of the largest-ever studies on work-life engagement, satisfaction, motivation, and performance, the Sparketype Assessment, alone, has become a global phenomenon. It speaks to the moment like no other tool.
Beyond the immediate feeling of validation and possibility, our data reveal strong correlations between doing the work of your Sparketype (which our tools and processes help people do) and the very qualities people are now demanding in their work. Beneficially, these very same states are also powerful drivers of performance, motivation, loyalty, and growth:
The more your work aligns with your Sparketype® the more likely you are to be:
Energized & Excited"I feel energized by my work and excited to dive in."
Powered By Purpose"My life has a clear sense of purpose and direction."
Fueled By Flow"I become deeply absorbed in my work and lose a sense of time."
Alive With Meaning"My work feels deeply meaningful, like I'm doing something that matters."
Performing at Your Best"I feel like I'm performing at or close to my full potential at work."
Common ways organizations tap the Sparketype body-of-work.
The two questions we’re most asked by leaders and organizations are:
- What tools, exercises, and experiences are available to us?
- How can we bring these groundbreaking tools, exercises, and experiences to employees, teams, groups, and clients with confidence, clarity, and fun?
To answer the first question, while there are a wide variety of tools, exercises, and programming that may be drawn from to create a bespoke experience that accommodates nearly any need from team-building to off-sites, or leadership training to individual career development, here are five of the most common tools, exercises, and experiences:
In answer to the second question
“How can we bring these groundbreaking and inspiring tools and experiences into our organization?”
We suggest one of three options: