The New Way of Working—also known as NWOW—is maybe not so new anymore, but the benefits are clearer with every passing day. The New Way of Working embraces a management philosophy under which employees are made more responsible and more involved in their work. Furthermore, the new approach also reduces the number of rush-hour commuters on the road. Studies show that organisations—from large companies to SMEs—experience social, environmental and economic benefits with this method.

Target management on the work floor

The New Way of Working involves a number of different aspects: from open plan offices to teleworking as well as shared management, and last but not least, target management. Research shows the most popular New Way of Working practices at Belgian companies:

  • The most popular was target management, present at 59.9% of respondent companies. This is where employees have a flexible work schedule, but are required to meet their goals within a specified period of time. They are also given more responsibility in relation to this.
  • The open plan offices in flexible workplaces are in second place with 8%.
  • Working from home or teleworking (51.8%) took third place in the investigation.

In any form, target management is a necessity for organisations that would like to introduce the New Way of Working. It addresses more than just flexibility: every employee must be on board and actively collaborate.

Conceptual exercise

It’s essential that organisations carefully consider the reasons for implementing the New Way of Working and the way in which they can approach it. It’s only on this basis that the New Way of Working can be successfully established.

The infrastructure often needs to be adapted to your work methods, whether or not this is in a new location. A thorough Workplace Strategy study (WPS) is a must. CAPTIF has the experience and knowledge required to professionally guide you through the process.

Based on texts from SD Worx and the Louvain School of Management (LSM)