Change the World by Changing Work: A Manifesto

Stephanie Gioia
Jun 10, 2016 · 2 min read
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A cloudy morning in Underwood, WA. Where this journey started.

The average American works about 9 hours a day. Over the course of a typical lifespan, that adds up to 11 years spent on the job — and for many of us it’s a lot more than that. But less than a third of working Americans feel engaged at work. Only 40% of employees know what their company stands for. 68% of employees believe business are not doing enough to create a sense of purpose and deliver meaningful impact.

Imagine a world in which people felt deeply connected to their work. Where it drove meaning and purpose in their life. Where they felt respected, empowered and creative. Where they left work every day feeling accomplished, valued, inspired and more whole. I believe this would radically change society. I believe engaged employees create happier families, healthier communities, and stronger stewardship of our planet. I believe if we could magically remove the numbness, hostility and apathy from work life, we would see significant reduction of the darkest traits in our society: substance abuse, domestic violence, racism, sexual exploitation and mindless consumption. I believe there is a deep connection between the state of corporate life and the state of our society and planet.

I believe we can change the whole world by focusing on the world of work.

There may be many ways to change the world, but I have come to believe this is my personal vector of change. My purpose is to use the power of design to cultivate organizations where people thrive. Not just to transform the work experience for individuals, but to unlock collective human potential to solve the world’s biggest, messiest challenges.

I am proud to be part of Future Work Design, where we foster human*-centered organizations equipped to courageously face the future.

I don’t just believe this is the right thing to do for the world, I believe it is the most important strategy for companies to succeed in the future. The future of organizations is being rapidly shaped by an accelerated pace of change, generational shifts, new technologies, environmental constraints and social dynamics. I believe human-centered organizations will win in the future. They are more innovative, agile, resilient, and efficient. The opportunity is real: a 5% increase in employee engagement is linked to a 3% increase in revenue growth. Human-centered organizations are disrupting the dominant logic of “management science” and beating out long-standing incumbents too slow to respond. The pace of turnover in the S&P500 is astounding — the companies of tomorrow do not even exist today.

Let’s design the human-centered organizations that will win the future.

Future Work Design

The future belongs to organizations with the courage to reimagine how they work.

Stephanie Gioia

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working at the intersection of organizational challenges and design thinking | www.futurework.design

Future Work Design

Future Work Design is an organizational strategy and design firm that works with adventurous leaders who believe a better way is possible, that what you stand for matters, and how you work is as important as what you create.

Stephanie Gioia

Written by

working at the intersection of organizational challenges and design thinking | www.futurework.design

Future Work Design

Future Work Design is an organizational strategy and design firm that works with adventurous leaders who believe a better way is possible, that what you stand for matters, and how you work is as important as what you create.

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