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Reimagine the Next Normal: staff sounds design United Nations 2 . 0

The primary objective of a series of dialogues led by the global #NewWork team was to provide personnel with opportunities to envision the ‘Next Normal’ at the UN. The particular ‘Reimagine the Next Normal Dialogues’ aimed to facilitate the particular exchange of ideas across the UN, driving organizational culture change from the bottom up.     The dialogues introduced together more than 180 colleagues from 52 duty stations. Over 25 volunteers from the field, Bangkok, New York, plus Geneva, moderated 26 classes held (as at date of publication). Broad diversity in each session has been achieved through the use of a ‘randomising’ tool developed by a colleague in peacekeeping.     Inspired by the Reimagine the UN Together Dialogues and the UNHQ Next Normal Dialogues, the particular Reimagine the Next Normal Dialogues focused on four themes related to our post-pandemic workplace lifestyle:   #NewWork will keep harness the power of collective intelligence to address challenges plus develop an agile, revolutionary and inclusive workplace lifestyle.  

  • Agile Teams which encourages many teams to cultivate a good agile mindset to be more adaptive and versatile.
  • Digital Literacy & Tools which promotes knowledge on technology plus ongoing digital transformation to assist personnel feel at ease with revolutionary tools and develop electronic literacy.
  • Hybrid Groups which shows the importance for organizations to assist staff and managers create skills and competencies to higher adapt to hybrid work configurations.
  • Increasing Innovation which underlines the essentiality of sprouting brand new ideas through participation within innovation-related events and programmes.

A number of these staff suggestions have been endorsed for implementation, including institutionalizing the dialogue mechanism itself. This will make sure the Organization offers an ongoing method for staff to contribute a lot more directly to transformation and modifications proposed in the future.   Strengthening staff voices creates ripple effects, inviting more active participation to co-create the vision for the ‘Culture of the Next Normal that We Want’ and to support the trip to “UN 2 . 0” as laid out in Our Common Agenda .     While the ‘Next Normal’ dialogues captured staff voices and crafting ideas, it also unveiled the information asymmetry within the organization. Today, several staff are unaware of existing guides and resources that are available to back up them through times of transition.     Not only does the conversation mechanism offer a safe space for the global exchange of ideas, it also makes possible the particular sharing of feedback plus insights with senior management, human resources, and other fora, helping to ensure staff voices are heard and valued.     Making sure everyone has access to consistent information is a critical pillar once we move toward the ‘Next Normal’. Furthermore, by equipping all staff with the tools they need and focusing on addition, we build stronger romantic relationships and bolster trust.     A previous circular of dialogues that centered on planning and preparing for the ‘Next Normal’ at UNHQ produced a series of ideas within 12 workstreams, which given directly into a report on recommendations for the Next Normal that visited the Secretary-General.     The initiative had been recognized by the Career Development Roundtable (CDR)1 held within Milan in December 2021 by having an award in the Staff Engagement category. The award appreciates the successes and milestones #NewWork has achieved in uniting staff, breaking down silos, and working towards company culture change.  


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