Workplace Anthropology Programs

Drawing on its roots in cultural anthropology, OpenWork offers a series of sprints and workshops designed to support leaders as they make critical decisions about the future of work.

Workplace Anthropology

Many organizations today are having to orient themselves to the shifting realities of hybrid working. From reorienting culture to redesigning workplaces and workplace strategy, leadership teams are charged with making significant decisions that will impact how their people work into the future.

We assist decision makers with culture and workplace transformation projects through one-off workshops as well as more extensive team programs. Programs consist of multiple modules, and run four to six weeks depending on the program.

LEADERSHIP

We recognize that no significant change in organizations can occur without the full commitment of company leadership. Whether it is a hybrid working initiative, a company-wide effort to increase innovation, or the goal of increasing employee engagement and retention, sustainable change cascades from the top. Therefore, we are kicking off our workshop series with two executive anthropology programs:

  1. a half-day sprint
  2. a five-workshop program

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WORKPLACE

As a workplace culture and strategy consultancy, we also know how important it is for organizations to experiment and learn what is the best hybrid working approach for them. Our second offerings in the workshop series for decision makers are explicitly focused on workplace strategy and design:

  1. a half-day sprint
  2. a five-workshop program

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The Anthropology for Leaders SPRINT

Our Anthropology for Leaders sprint is an intensive, half-day workshop designed to introduce leaders and aspiring leaders to an anthropological mindset and how to apply that in leading organizations. The workshop helps participants build cultural intelligence (CQ), and provides hands-on techniques and practices that can be used in your organization today.

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The intensive workshop will help you:

  • Think like a scientist
  • Question assumptions
  • Simplify the culture equation
  • Appreciate the power of design thinking (DT) to guide decision making and innovation
  • Seek out problems ethnographically
  • Prioritize and cascade a growth mindset

The workshop is open enrollment and is designed as a learning community for leaders from different industries and organizations. In addition to techniques and practices explored in the program, participants also receive:

  • Workshop summary report outlining lessons learned
  • Resource guide with articles, models, and information about other anthropological consultancies that address different aspects of corporate strategy
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The Anthropology for Leaders PROGRAM

Today’s leaders are awash in data- big and small. However, when it comes to understanding culture and leading people, data will only get you so far. David Ulrich, HR guru and professor at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, suggests that only around 20% of information about people in organizations is quantitative and representable in spreadsheets and data sets. The remaining 80% is implicit, unspoken, emergent, and therefore is accessible only through qualitative understanding.
 Similarly, big data about consumer preferences and market trends might tell us what people are doing and buying, but not necessarily why. Understanding the consumer dynamic, for purposes of product and service innovation, also depends on understanding implicit and unspoken meanings and motivations.

The Anthropology for Leaders program is a five session workshop series, conducted via Zoom in 90 minute sessions over five consecutive weeks.

Overview

Learn to think and strategize like an anthropologist

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By the end of the program, you will:

  • Have a more realistic and scientific understanding of your company culture as it exists today
  • Develop an appreciation for the power of storytelling and human emotion
  • Develop greater empathy–for both employees and customers–through an ethnographic mindset
  • Be prepared to activate a growth mindset and tolerance for experimentation and innovation
  • Be able to apply anthropological lateral thinking to develop new strategies for product and service innovation

Program Breakdown

Who Should Attend

Anthropology for Leaders is ideal for senior executives, organizational consultants, innovation consultants, and workplace strategists seeking to make an impact on their organizations or their clients’ organizations.

Anyone is welcome to participate.

By the end of the program, you will be able to:

  • Understand your company culture scientifically, like an anthropologist
  • Identify blockages preventing employees from doing their best work
  • Use design thinking (DT) to connect with customers to drive innovation
  • Conceive a sustainable hybrid working strategy
  • Cascade a growth mindset to your direct reports and beyond

Benefits

  • Learn through real life exercises – Engage in hands-on exercises between sessions. No role playing. No simulations. No camp.
  • Learn from colleagues – Whether colleagues from your own team, or in an open enrollment setting, be a part of a learning community.
  • Join from anywhere – Program is facilitated on Zoom, so participants can attend at their convenience.
  • Receive anthropology resources – Participants will receive a packet of resources- Five Questions Canvas, practical ethnographic exercises, articles, book references, and list of other anthropological consultancies that might be helpful.
  • Receive a copy of Five Questions: How to build a more engaged and adaptive culture. – Participants will receive a copy of OpenWork co-founder Drew Jones’ new book (Jan/Feb 2023). .
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In the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, it has become clear that the future of work and workspace is hybrid. Before long, hybrid working will simply mean working. However, each organization is unique and ‘future ways of working’ will need to be aligned with company vision, strategy, and culture. The Anthropology for Workplace sprint and program focus on five critical aspects of employee experience design (EXD) that will drive the future of hybrid working:

  1. Assessment & Culture
  2. Policies & Procedures
  3. Spaces & Design
  4. Technologies
  5. Activity Based Working (ABW)
The Anthropology for Workplace SPRINT

Our Anthropology for Workplace Sprint is an intensive, half-day workshop that helps participants think holistically and anthropologically about the future of work. Specifically, we focus on hybrid working solutions and how activity based working (ABW) can be a driver of a more adaptable workplace future.

The program provides hands-on techniques and practices that will help you:

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  • Assess workplace performance ethnographically
  • Better understand company culture as employee experience design (EXD)
  • Clarify policies and procedures to drive strategy and performance
  • Envision workspaces that will guide future working
  • Explore technologies for mobility and connectedness
  • Appreciate ABW as both workplace strategy and design agenda

The program is open enrollment and is designed as a learning community for leaders from different industries and organizations. In addition to techniques and practices explored in the program, participants also receive:

  • Program summary report outlining lessons learned
  • Resource guide with articles, models, and information about other anthropological consultancies that address different aspects of corporate strategy
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The Anthropology for Workplace PROGRAM

Learn how to build a workplace where employees want to be. By the end of the program, you will:

  • Understand the power of ethnographic research and qualitative insight in the strategy making process
  • Use the lens of employee experience design (EXD) to understand what is and what is not working in the current design and strategy regime
  • Have new insight into four critical aspects of hybrid working: Culture, Policies & Procedures, Spaces, Technologies
  • Understand where people thrive doing what types of tasks and activities Leverage the power of human agency and choice to drive your hybrid strategy

Program Breakdown

Who Should Attend

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Anthropology for Workplace is for CRE professionals (in house and with CRE firms), HR professionals, workplace strategists, and facilities managers looking to create more compelling and sustainable ways of hybrid working in their organizations.

Anyone is welcome to participate.

By the end of the program, you will be able to:

  • Align company culture with your future workplace design and strategy
  • Clarify policies, procedures, and scheduling strategies for hybrid working
  • Define a new generation of design typologies that fit your organization
  • Understand the technologies that your employees need to thrive in a highly flexible work environment
  • Create a workplace village experience that becomes a beacon to attract and retain your industry’s best talent

Benefits

  • Learn through prototypes – The program encourages experiments in design and policy throughout.
  • Learn from peers – Learn from colleagues or other leading practitioners in your field in a new learning community.
  • Join from anywhere – Program is facilitated on Zoom, so participants can attend at their own convenience.
  • Receive ethnographic resources to use on your own – Participants receive a packet of resources to use after program completion- articles, guides, and assessments for conducting EXD research
  • Receive a copy of Five Questions: How to build a more engaged and adaptive culture – Participants receive a copy of OpenWork co-founder Drew Jones’ new book (Jan/Feb 2023)
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