It seems companies are always cutting jobs in order to cut spending. At the same time, inadvertently they end up cutting jobs and programs that help those remaining perform their best. We were just brainstorming some new jobs that companies should create to really increase the energy and resiliency of their workforce and to attract and retain the best talent.
Here is our list:
.01 Chief Sustainable Performance Officer - a person to oversee the entire organization from the perspective of creating, rewarding, and maintaining high performance at all levels.
.02 Head of Recovery - a person to make sure that key individuals and teams get the recovery they need to be their best when it matters most. This person could also help teams rotate members to keep top performers fresh (similar to the Tour de France teams pulling for their lead rider).
.03 Human Innovation Director - a person who doesn’t focus on R&D outside the company but instead constantly looks for innovation within the company. This includes constantly challenging and capturing the ideas of everyone within the company.
.04 High Performance Meeting Enabler - a person to help meeting leaders make their meetings high performance. This could include everything from honing agendas to making sure the length and environment of the meeting supports high performance. It would also include being sure the snacks and drinks are high performance oriented and the breaks are designed to improve brain performance and energy.
.05 Peak Season Manager - a person who helps the entire organization for the upcoming peak seasons. This includes energizing, focusing, and preparing everyone to maximize their impact during the times when high performance matters most (i.e. retail/holiday season, accounting/tax season, etc.). This also includes helping everyone recharge after the peak season and capturing the best practices so they are ready for the next big push.
.06 Director of High Energy - a person to focus on the plethora of energy drains that exist within organizations and then to take the steps to eliminate them. This person would also maximize efforts within the organization to create more energy and to focus that energy.
.07 Chief Nutritionist - a person to educate the leaders and the workforce on the benefits of high performance nutrition. This person could select the foods for the canteen, the vending machines, meetings, celebrations, and for conferences and key events. This doesn’t mean take away the pleasure foods it just means put them in the proper context.
.08 Director of High Performance Travel - a person to organize business travel to reduce the negative impact that travel can have a person’s attitude, energy, resilience, and brain performance. This includes flight selection, airline selection, hotel selection, travel support, travel tools, etc.
.09 Chief Laughter Officer - a person who looks for and creates opportunities to make work fun and create laughter. Research is showing the huge value of laughing on creativity, resilience, and job satisfaction.
We filled in the first nine so tell us what position you may want to see as number 10. Imagine you had a couple of these jobs in your organization. Do you think it would make a difference? As always, we’d love to hear what you think.
By Jogi Rippel
CEO // Founder