Casual and die-hard fans of the various Star Trek franchises love to discuss the seemingly utopian business aspects of the post-scarcity economy depicted in the show. Due to advanced technologies for production, communication, and transportation, the Federation is easily able to supply people across galaxies with the essentials for living.
This completely changes that way the characters pursue work, since they’re generally able to take on jobs that closely suit their interests and desires. Here are a few intriguing lessons that business leaders can derive from Star Trek lore.
Since money is of little concern to most citizens in the Star Trek universe, many people can focus on mastering their trade. Being able to perform at an optimal level within a particular field can distinguish you from others who have chosen this role.
Rather than focusing on the quantity of production, more workers are concerned about the overall quality of their output. This means they take the required time to complete a project well, rather than trying to rush through and meet the demands of the next assignment.
Companies that wish to distinguish themselves should start valuing the mastery and talent of their employees, so their products can continually raise the quality bar to the next level.
The society aboard starships in Star Trek strives to create work environments where employees can spend time with their families and friends, without facing the stress of excess hours and moonlighting to survive. You won’t often find people working multiple jobs or applying for welfare, because the essentials are automatically provided.
This gives workers time to cultivate their interests and refresh themselves before going back to work the next day. It’s no surprise that the characters in Star Trek are able to bring their A game to work nearly each day: They are able to enjoy leisure time while they’re off duty.
Employees who don’t have to worry about their basic needs usually perform well and have strong loyalty to their employers. This is why so many companies offer benefits packages during contract negotiations; this protects both the employer and employee during everyday operations and after work-related injuries occur.
When your company reviews employee benefits, consider how well you are meeting their health, development, and wellness needs.
The Federation economy depicted in Star Trek provides us with some interesting thought experiments. How will people flourish in a post-scarcity economy?
While some of these ideals might seem so futuristic as to be extremely unlikely, you can integrate them into your business strategy at least a little to improve the quality of your employees’ performance.