The World of Work in 3D             (Original article at WanCareerLife.com)
Everyone who is a movie lover will understand the concept of 3D. It’s pleasant to watch, you feel like part of the movie and everything is much clearer. This is what I got from joining Leaders Unlimited as a Research Associate in 2007. I come from an engineering world; the engineering world is a fascinating world of theories, concepts, hypothesis, geniuses, models and microscopes. As a biotechnologist my mind used to get fascinated by those concepts but then as we mature, so do our needs. In the process of maturing I found that my mind was fascinated but my soul was not. I then realised that I had a lot of information but less inspiration, and this challenge afforded me an
opportunity to look deeper within and find what that experience was bringing into my life.
I realised that I was yearning for more, I was seeking a purpose, I wanted the world of work to be a place where one does not only get a salary, but grows and not only grow by climbing the corporate ladder but grow in self-realisation and self-actualisation. I wanted to be someone who will bring that change to the world of work, be part of creating a 3D working environment. I then asked myself, how do I do that? I realised that the only way to do that is to join the Human Resources World. As life would have it, whatever you seek is also seeking you. I therefore got a job as a Research Associate at Leaders Unlimited.
Leaders Unlimited is a company that offers holistic integrated solutions to our clients, we offer executive search, leadership behavioural assessments, coaching and mentoring. Leaders Unlimited is about creating a 3D working environment. We work with our client in creating environments that are pleasant, nurturing and inspiring. My experience at Leaders Unlimited has taught me that although a lot of companies preach people development, very few are really fully ready to embrace that. It has opened my eyes to the Human Resource Function as a very critical yet less strategic part of many organisations. I therefore put a challenge to Chief Executive Officers, Human Resources Executives and managers of organisations: How many of you can proudly stand on the pulpit and say we have a 3D working environment? However, I acknowledge that not everyone knows how to create a 3D working environment and I therefore offer steps on how to do that:
1. Lead with love
2. Encourage mentoring in the organisation
3. Embrace diversity
4. Encourage team work
5. Encourage 360 degree appraisals
6. Teach managers leadership
7. Open communication channels
8. Reward innovation, hard work and commitment
9. Make time to play
10. Allow the divine in the working environment
I came to Leaders Unlimited wanting to play a vital role in creating a better working environment, I, however, got more. I didn’t just grow as a Researcher; I have now a clearer personal purpose in the work place. I have learned so much about life and the divinity. I know that everything, no matter how seemingly painful it might be at times, happens for the greater good. I know that my well-being is assured by grace only and I learned all this at work.