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10 rules of modern work

In modern work, you need to set your goals to feel in control. The goals we set for ourselves should be either long-term or short-term, but not medium-term. Medium-term goals cause anxiety and stress instead of motivating you, according to one of the rules.

“Work” as we know it today is vastly different than it was just a few years ago: employees who never thought they would enjoy working from home are now welcoming the option; at the same time, the career paths of employees today may prioritize different factors than just two or three years ago.

With this in mind and more, not only do HR leaders and employers need to adapt to change, but employees themselves need to consider new avenues to thrive in today’s modern workplace. To help you, Deloitte has defined 10 rules of modern work that employers, HR leaders and managers can adopt with their teams:

Control rules

Rule #1: Bring your own motivation (because no one else will)

Take control of your motivation. Make sure it’s you who is responsible for maintaining it in the modern workplace.

  • Goal: A goal that motivates you

    • Determine your personal goal
    • Align your personal goal with that of your organization
    • Work to achieve this goal

  • Mastery: Get better at what matters

    • Personal growth is endless
    • Learn and correct
    • To be known for something unique

  • Autonomy: Control your choices

    • Set your goals above the expectations of others
    • Understand the how, be autonomous
    • Choose the time and place

Rule #2: Set long-term and short-term goals

In modern work, you need to set your goals to feel in control. The goals we set for ourselves should be either long-term or short-term, but not medium-term. Medium-term goals cause anxiety and stress instead of motivating you.

Rule #3: Shape your next job (because modern jobs disappear in four years or less)

Individuals do not depend on your organization or your boss for their next job. The average job life is getting shorter, with some research suggesting a maximum of four years. Thus, individuals should regain control of their jobs by reimagining their next job alongside their current one. This way they will know what their next job will be.

  • First 6 to 12 months: get ready

    • learn the trade
    • Set clear expectations
    • Deliver fast results

  • Next 12 to 24 months: Growing up

    • Set new (disruptive) aspirations
    • Enable travel
    • Create a team/ecosystem
    • Learn and improve

  • Next six to 12 months: reinvent

    • Stabilize and Scale
    • Build Scale Capacity
    • Codify/automate

  • Last Six Months: Transition

    • Transition to others
    • Defining the path to sustainability
    • Consolidate learning

Rules of “great”

Rule #4: Your users will judge your work (because modern work is an open talent market)

Your successes go far beyond the visibility of a single boss. You interact with many more people than just your bosses – if your user group is happy with you, your boss is very happy. Make a habit of getting feedback from your users and you’ll belong in the “awesome” zone.

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Rule #5: Work in sprints (because things change every two weeks)

Working in sprints is a way of being and thinking about your work. It lets you time, set goals, and know exactly what you want to accomplish in the week.

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Rule #6: Work from anywhere but work hard (because the modern workforce is often invisible)

Increase your value in your network through visibility. Your network needs to know about your contributions and accomplishments to truly stay in the “great” zone.

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Growth rules

Rule #7: Turn the workflow into a learning stream, because you should plan learning like you plan work

Today, skills may only be relevant for four to five years. Thus, it is important to constantly learn and grow on the job so that individuals can be relevant and at the forefront of modern work. Get feedback on work done, look back, and plan your learning by setting goals.

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Rule n° 8: Transversal skills and scalability

It is no longer enough to master your basic skills. Instead, mastery of related skills is what would maximize career growth and help individuals stay relevant.

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Rule n°9: Master the differences (because complexity needs diversity)

Modern work is very complex. Each project must be approached from several angles. Breaking down long held stereotypes and accepting differences and bringing people from different perspectives to work together.

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The golden rule

Rule #10 Always side hustle (because the best ideas exist outside of your comfort zone)

A lot of learning, insight, and innovation comes from doing something outside of your core job and connecting with people outside of your work bubble. Having a secondary hustle means you gain some control, continue to be awesome, and are on the cutting edge of growth.

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