Cirrus CEO Dr Simon Hayward talks to HRD Connect
People are at the vanguard of any business. Companies that continually achieve business goals maximise the skills of their workforces by prioritising company culture and improving people capabilities. HRD Connect delves deeper into how businesses can improve the capabilities of their workforces.
Culture can play a key part in improving the effectiveness of a workforce. Instilling a growth ethos can inspire workers to strive to complete every task to the best of their abilities.
“To keep your business moving forward, it is helpful to build a growth mindset,” says Dr Simon Hayward, CEO of Cirrus, Honorary Professor, Alliance Manchester Business School.
“If you have team members with growth mindsets, they will be more open to challenges and critical feedback and become more resilient in the face of obstacles and initial failure. They will able to learn well from others and be more likely to rise to the top and stay there.”
Businesses that infuse this culture alongside prioritising learning have a significant advantage in talent growth.
Beyond introducing a growth mindset into a business, creating a blameless culture and prioritising employee wellbeing can also be fundamental in improving the abilities of workers.
Team members who are constantly developing will be more open to challenges, critical feedback and more resilient in the face of initial failure.
“Employees that have this mindset will learn well from others and be more likely to rise to the top of the business,” continues Simon.
Aside from culture and wellbeing, technology can heavily influence the growth of a workforce.
“Technology, and what we can do with it, is transforming the way we work and the way we behave. The pace at which we can now operate is driven by mobile technology, the internet, innovative apps, and intelligent systems,” Simon adds.
“Organisations need to create new ways of working, that reflect the changing world outside and inside our organisations. This will enable businesses to respond to unexpected opportunities or threats with speed and accuracy.”
Flourishing skills will inevitably generate greater efficiency, a productive growth mindset will inspire workers to achieve company goals, and managing wellbeing will heavily aid the productivity and happiness levels of employees. Business leaders that capitalise on these essential aspects of work could gain a significant advantage from improving the capabilities of their workforces.
© HRD 2019