Strike a Balance

by Matt Poepsel, PhD

Today we’re going to be talking about how to strike a balance. This is a news article from LinkedIn. And when you’re the world’s largest and most valuable company about like Apple, and you’re facing a rebellion, that can’t be a good thing. And when you take a look at this as what’s happening RTO’s has returned to Office.

So Apple has said, we need to return to the office at least three days a week, and employees are pushing back, you can see on this policy, and they are circulating a petition again, something you never really want to see. And they’re demanding location flexible work without pressure from higher ups like this is exactly what’s happening.

And so what you find in every situation is that employees are going to move to make sure that their needs are met, and employers are going to do the same thing. And if any one side wins out over the other, that’s not a partnership, that’s not a good thing.

And so in times when the job market, for example, is really strong, employees tend to have a lot of leverage, and they’re not afraid to use it. Like you can see in this example, inevitably, business is sick like, and eventually the employers will have the advantage because the job market will dry up and then they will exercise their leverage, again, not in a spirit of partnership. So how do we defeat this sort of seesaw effect of being out of balance?

Well, the reality is that talent optimization itself is all about balance, we recognize that in order to connect the business strategy to the business results that we want to see, everything has to flow through the people part. And so whenever we’re out of balance, because we’re focusing too heavily on one side or the other, the people in absence of the business or business at the expense of the people, then that’s out of balance.

And so in that we don’t always talk about it. But within this framework, you can see that the employee needs and the employer needs have to be kept in balance. And I think apples giving us a very interesting example about how when we fall out of balance, things can really downward spiral pretty quickly.