Work Better Day 2017
On Wednesday, September 20th, OPX partnered with DCA Live to host the inaugural Work Better Day. Held at 1776 in Crystal City, VA, this experience-driven event fostered engagement and hands-on learning through two inspiring speakers - Andrew Sherman of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and Tim Ogilvie of Peer Insight - along with exercises that allowed attendees to start the conversation around what it means to work better.
Keep reading for more interesting bits from the day - or check out the WBD 2017 full report here!
What is Working Better?
Steve Polo, managing partner of OPX, kicked off Work Better Day with an exercise that prompted participants to identify two assets and two obstacles in their work environment. The WBD team then organized the responses into people, tools and place - three elements vital to every organization.
The Crisis of Disengagement
Andrew Sherman provided a wake-up call for WBD participants. A lawyer, author and professor, Sherman captivated the audience from the onset, seamlessly weaving hard data with a smattering of cultural references to illustrate his thesis (and name of his book), The Crisis of Disengagement. Sherman cited a 2016 Gallup report which stated over 70% of the workforce describe themselves as either disengaged or actively disengaged - a statistic he attributes to employers’ resistance to investing in their employees. He argues that if employers can instead leverage their employees’ potential value, the benefits are endless.
Using Design Thinking Sprints to Work Better
Tim Ogilvie began by illustrating how his consultancy, Peer Insight, uses design thinking sprints to work through different solutions until a viable one is realized. What makes Ogilvie's process a “sprint” is that it is 1) completed quickly at only a few minutes per exercise and 2) requires a "finish line" (i.e. the team needs to decide something actionable). After demonstrating how Peer Insight implements this process themselves, Ogilvie put participants to work, having them perform their own Design Thinking Sprint in small groups. While Ogilvie facilitated the activity, he also stopped to engage the audience on their progress. He encouraged participants to share their work and stories with the rest of the room, allowing attendees to relate to one another, as well as learn from each others' experiences.