Purposeful Careers – New Ways Of Working Series

Collaboration. Virtual Networks. Mobility. Multi-Generational Teams. For some, these are just the latest ‘must-use’ words for that manager who wants to “kick it with the cool kids”. For others, these words help categorise the new movements taking workplaces by storm.

(Side Note: If you well versed in New Ways Of Working stop reading – this article isn’t for you).

If you’ve got 3 or 4 hours spare then read The B Team’s New Ways Working Report – it’s a solid top level overview of how corporate culture is changing. If you’re strapped for time, we’ve selected the key points to get your brain thinking and share them here along with our thoughts.

You might be mistaken for thinking that today’s workplaces are being overrun by flannel clad hipsters drinking chai latte’s and asking ‘how are you feeling’. In fact what you’re actually experiencing is a new era of employee engagement that is transforming organisations and company culture.

Attracting new talent is becoming increasingly linked to an organisation’s ‘Purpose’ – as well as its contribution to society – both locally & globally. Future employees are taking this into account during their selection process; and employers whose values they respect will win the war on talent.

The concept of being an ‘employer of choice’ is vital. Employees choose employers based on their values, purpose, options for flexible working and pathways for personal and professional development.

The New Ways Of Working Report outlines that “Brand-conscious companies are beginning to interact with potential employees with the same care they give customers.”

Organisations are starting to see the value in developing recruitment experiences which benefit candidates “from start to finish” – even if candidates don’t get a job at the end of them.

For many people work is not only about being successful and making money. Employment that aligns with personal values will become the norm. Employees who feel part of the positive impact that the business is making will stick around longer.

As Raj Sisodia and his co-authors write in Firms of Endearment: “The pressure on companies to play larger roles in addressing social concerns will mount as we become less of a ‘having’ society and more of a ‘being’ society.”

So whether you see it as a hipster takeover or as the awaking of purpose-driven cultures,  brands are starting to pay more attention to positioning their purpose to customers, employees and candidates. With that in mind, brands need to ask themselves “how do I compete?” and candidates need to ask potential employers “what do you stand for?”

What our clients say

“Ronny & the Onset Group helped us scale our team in the early stages of our growth, finding a number of talented engineering candidates to join our Development team. The Onset Group are highly professional and a pleasure to work with.”

Georgia Punch
HR & Operations

“We have been working with the Onset Group for the past few years, helping us secure both contract and permanent staff across multiple technical areas. They always ensure they have our business’ needs in mind and it’s great working with a partner that truly understands the technical space that we are in. Of all of the recruiters I have met or worked with over the years, I couldn’t recommend this group any more.”

Paul Madani
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Lisa Gray
Head of Human Resources

“I’ve worked in the product community in Sydney for just 3 years and the Onset are my go-to folk for product talent (and opportunities). Once in my role I worked with the team at Onset to build out my product team of 6 over the next year. So I’ve experienced the quality and expertise from both sides of the engagement.”

Jennifer Flynn
Group Manager, Product Management

“Working with The Onset was fantastic. They spent the time with me up front on understanding not only the requirements of the role but also the qualities and skill sets needed to fill the role well. The candidates provided were really strong and led to hires who have not only helped us fill roles but also enhance our overall company culture by introducing us to top quality candidates. Thanks Onset!”

Yaniv Klein
Product Director

“We partnered with The Onset, a leading IT recruitment agency, explained the journey we were on, and asked them to sell our vision to the Sydney market in our search for high quality developers. It was important that the people we chose not only had high technical skills but were a good cultural fit and understood where oOh! was going”

Andy Mcquarrie
Chief Technology Officer

“…by taking time to understand our unique hiring requirements, both from the start and as our needs have evolved. At Digital Asset, we’re looking for engineers and product managers with a specialized mix of skills and industry experience, for example, a strong background in financial services, or knowledge of functional programming languages. Onset has helped us find experienced candidates who are not only highly qualified but also inspired to work with a firm like ours”

Drew Harding
Senior Delivery Manager

“In addition to running the search and recruitment process they helped us to shape the role and were able to guide us through what was happening in the market and the experiences of other high growth companies.”

Rachel Debeck
Chief Operating Officer

“It was a pleasure working with Danielle to source a full stack developer for our company. She put real effort into understanding what we were looking for and helped us find the right candidate. Plus helped us find the first female developer!”

Antony Francis
Team Lead

“Onset has been partnering with Haventec for over three years. The team at Onset have the great ability to connect with our team and understand our business and culture to be able to place employees that fit our team like a glove. It takes great talent to recognise the unique needs of each business and to be able to deliver on them so well”

Edora David
Business Operations Manager

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