BRUSSELS, September 12, 2017 — “Vitality levels” among executives in global companies are disconcertingly low, according to respondents of the 2017 Benchmark Study on Organizational Vitality, conducted by Borderless ResearchSM. Because Organizational Vitality impacts revenue, productivity, innovation and engagement, the study highlights opportunities for corporate managers to tap into energy sources that increase vitality and improve organizational performance.
The benchmark study captures insights from 400 global executives worldwide, across a range of industries.
The Borderless perspective
“Much managerial effort is spent on fighting sources of stress. Recognizing and understanding the energy sources of an organization and creating the conditions to tap into them offers a constructive alternative,” explains Niels-Peter Van Doorn, Borderless Consultant.
Companies adjust to changing circumstances by changing their strategy and their structure. To improve the agility of their organizations, managers should focus on synergy (cooperation between people) and the support of individual employees to create an important source of energy. However, these tend not to be part of current priorities.
“We also see that the workplace has evolved to serve the needs of generations over 45. The workplace needs to be adapted to ensure the engagement of younger generations,” adds Mijke Ketting, Borderless Consultant.
“Organizations focus on establishing shared values and a sense of belonging based on a well-defined corporate identity,” says Andrew Kris, Founding Partner, Borderless. “Given their reactions, it is evident that respondents would benefit more from practical and moral support from their leaders and peers.”
To that end, Borderless offers the following recommendations to increase levels of both organizational and personal vitality:
Founded in 2000, Borderless is a full-service, international leadership and executive search consulting firm, combining business expertise with insights into the human factors of organizations. The firm helps companies develop business, team and personal leadership qualities and attract talented executives. Borderless focuses on Chemicals & Converting sectors, Food & Drink and Life Sciences, industries in which many of its consultants have led earlier lives as executives.
Borderless is a member of the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants and adheres to the quality and professional standards that distinguish the world’s top leadership and executive search consulting firms.