We have been hearing and reading a lot about agile working, dynamics and streamlined business processes, fluidity of time and space, and also workforce flexibility throughout the last year and a half. While these terms are certainly the most immediate response to the pressing needs arising during the pandemic, they also serve as an incitement to find new ways of living and working better amidst the normality that awaits us outside the state of emergency. And within this framework, the most important objective, for both individuals and companies, is to try to achieve a satisfactory state of well-being, a state of happiness that is far from abstract, but absolutely concrete and tangible. All it takes to achieve such a goal is simplicity.
In the PHYD talk “La nuova giornata di lavoro. Quando il benessere parte dalla semplicità“ (The new workday. When well-being starts with simplicity), we are treated to an explanation of why simplicity has become a keyword for change and also the most effective strategy for well-being, especially in the workplace, curated by Carlo Rinaldi, Chief Marketing Officer of Glickon, one of the most innovative companies in the world of HR services that skilfully combines technology, gamification and data analytics.
“Most people who contact us tell us that they would like to do something meaningful every morning when they get up, but then they go to work and the only thing they do all day is answer e-mails or attend meetings“.
Carlo Rinaldi, Chief Marketing Officer at Glickon
The powerful need to be relevant
Everything starts with a need: “Most people who contact us tell us that they would like to do something meaningful every morning when they get up, but then they go to work and the only thing they do all day is answer e-mails or attend meetings“. This desire to be relevant, the physiological input towards change, however, often clashes with a slow and complex organisational machine, driven by gears that, although well oiled, end up swallowing up ideas, talents and willpower. Rinaldi therefore suggests to commence by abandoning old habits, those ‘always-this-way’ mindsets that risk becoming an alibi for immobility, and adopting new behaviours, concentrating your efforts on only good habits that contribute to a better version of yourself and the environment in which you work. Of course it takes courage and even a rebellious flair, a willingness to act outside your comfort zone, as Luca Foresti, CEO of the Santagostino Medical Centre, often repeats. Simplifying is not an easy task, quite the contrary, as Bruno Munari wrote: “To complicate is easy. To simplify is difficult. We can all complicate. Few are able to simplify“.
“To complicate is easy. To simplify is difficult. We can all complicate. Few are able to simplify“.
Luca Foresti, CEO of the Santagostino Medical Centre
The importance of simplicity
Simplify Human Experience is Glickon’s mission; simplifying the human experience means creating positive experiences that make sense and generate value, “because we need simplicity today more than ever to feel good“. Because today, Rinaldi reminds us, we are constantly dealing with the complexity of working remotely and asking ourselves things like “where can I find the link to the call or how do I open a ticket with IT? Or my holiday planner?” On average, we spend almost 20% of our day looking for files or information of this kind. That’s almost 2 hours a day that could be used far more productively.
So what is simplicity according to Rinaldi? “Don’t go crazy searching through hundreds of different links, sites and applications for information, a document, a presentation, a CV, etc.“. The Glickon LinkBiz app was conceived specifically for this purpose, to simplify and save time. It contains everything that companies, employees and candidates need to manage their day and be relevant, but also to network, share and activate team collaborations. In an increasingly phygital world, this service is the perfect combination of the two souls, a bridge between digital and physical realities, an integrated and agile ecosystem suitable for anyone who wants to experiment with paths not yet fully travelled. A simple tool, indeed.
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