Posted December 6, 2021 by Mark Perna
Episode Title: The Muscle of Social Agility
What is social agility and why should companies care about it? Let’s talk about it, next on The Perna Syndicate.
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Hello and welcome to a new week on The Perna Syndicate! I’m your host, Mark Perna. As we enter the last month of 2021, many employers are wondering what next year will bring…hopefully, more workers! America’s current talent shortage is hitting every industry hard.
Even as they work to attract new candidates, companies are scrambling to keep the employees they have. 4.4 million people quit their jobs in September 2021 alone. According to some estimates, almost 50% of the workforce may soon follow suit in what is becoming known as ‘The Great Resignation.’
People want more from their careers than ever before. So how can companies prevent their best and brightest from giving two weeks’ notice in favor of a better opportunity elsewhere? It’s all about fostering a new professional skill: social agility.
Social agility is like a muscle that activates a worker’s full potential. If organizational agility is a company’s capacity to pivot quickly to meet fast-changing market conditions, social agility is an individual worker’s ability to swiftly absorb new information, apply it effectively, and thrive amid times of rapid change.
Being socially agile means being adaptable and positive even when circumstances feel overwhelming. And like any other professional skill, it can be cultivated.
A socially agile workforce is a win-win for both the employer as well as the employee. Companies that help their employees build the muscle of social agility will retain more of the right people in the right positions—while recruiting new talent to power the business.
This week, we’ll talk more about social agility and how to develop this critical professional skill. We’ll see you back here tomorrow on The Perna Syndicate!