We were delighted to be awarded the Australian Psychological Society (APS) 2019 Workplace Excellence Awards in the Organisational Change category alongside Herbert Smith Freehills. We partnered with Herbert Smith Freehills to support their people to adapt and thrive in a fast-changing legal market. At its heart, the project titled #FutureFit, was a viral large scale culture-change campaign designed to empower HSF’s people to shift from an input-based mindset (e.g., time) to an impact-based mindset (e.g., value).
Among other fundamental changes, the mindset shift from input to impact involves redefining the role of the lawyer from a technical expert to a holistic adviser, and offering clients more flexible engagement models and integrated services. The ongoing and evolving #FutureFit transformation will result in greater value for clients, employees and the firm.
Together with HSF, we ran more than 60 #FutureFit sessions in six offices over a nine-week period. We engaged all levels and sectors of the firm from graduates to partners and professional services to legal practices. We used a range of initiatives such as virtual ideation sessions, ethnographic studies and experience sampling. The outcomes of these were exceptional and have resulted in significant and sustainable ongoing positive change.
The APS Organisational Change award is designed to recognise strategies to effectively facilitate and successfully deliver organisational changes and APS CEO Frances Mirabelli said: “Research shows that a positive working culture is an important contributor to an organisation’s success. The APS is so pleased to acknowledge the way these organisations have adopted Organisational Psychology approaches and their commitment to supporting their employees.”
College Chair Heather Ikin said: “Australian organisations are increasingly recognising the value of evidence-based approaches to workforce management and people strategy, under-pinned by the discipline of Organisational Psychology. These awards provide an important opportunity to recognise organisations for best practice approaches to developing their people, and ensuring alignment to the achievement of organisational objectives.”
“Organisational psychologists base their practice on science, drawing on psychological research and tested strategies to influence how people act, think and feel at work. The achievements of our finalists and winners demonstrate that business leaders can be confident these strategies produce measurable, replicable outcomes with a strong return on investment.”
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