People And Companies Thrive In Small Groups. Here’s Why.

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People And Companies Thrive In Small Groups. Here’s Why.

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Dunbar’s number is that magical number that gained prominence during the rise of social media when suddenly, popularity was the number of friends you had on Facebook. Dunbar’s number, which is 150, suggests that it is challenging to build meaningful relationships beyond this number due to how our brains are structured. While social media may suggest that you have 3000 friends, they are going to range from someone you met an event to your friend you meet every week. More often than not, your core group is likely to be a number lesser than fifteen. A number greater than that makes it difficult to maintain a level of quality in relationships and interactions.

How Semco Introduced It’s Participatory Culture

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How Semco Introduced It’s Participatory Culture

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Often, in big companies, employees feel sidelined. Yes, they have jobs and tasks on a daily basis but don’t feel inspired or empowered enough to go out of their way and accomplish bigger things. This is because the decision-making power in companies usually rests with a very small number of people, who don’t like sharing their power. Managers often feel like their employees aren’t ready enough to make important decisions. When Semco realized that employees feel empowered only by empowering themselves, they planned to open up the space for others to make decisions on behalf of the company. When they decided to do this, they did not involve the managers and supervisors in the process because they knew that these people would be the first to protest.

When Too Many Cooks And Spoiled Broths Aren’t Such A Bad Thing

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When Too Many Cooks And Spoiled Broths Aren’t Such A Bad Thing

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In most traditionally structured organizations, you find decision-making responsibilities vested with a select few people. It’s either the managers or the top-level leaders who get to make the final call. They make the decisions, which ultimately filter down to each level in the company hierarchy. Which explains why managing in these conditions can be highly stressful. The responsibility of the decisions weighs down on the shoulders of the individuals who make decisions. And, when mistakes happen, as they inevitably do, the blame falls squarely on the decision-maker. The traditional system forgets to acknowledge that everybody - no matter how accomplished - will make a mistake at some point, even when they’re acting in the best interests of the company.

Why Workspaces Designed By Employees Inspire More Productivity

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Why Workspaces Designed By Employees Inspire More Productivity

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The average employee spends at least eight hours of their day at work. That’s almost 2000 hours a year and more than 50,000 hours in a lifetime, until retirement. Since people spend such a substantial part of their lives at work, it’s important to ensure they have a say over their workspaces. Typically, most companies allow people to personalize their work tables and their immediate surroundings. People tend to express their personality and creativity through things like family pictures, quirky pen holders and calendars, small potted plants or vases with a single flower and so on.

Why Companies Shouldn’t Move Forward Without Looking Back

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Why Companies Shouldn’t Move Forward Without Looking Back

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While companies grow, it’s also important to look back at the mistakes that they’ve made during this process and understand what happened. For this purpose, retrospective meetings are great for organizations and their employees. Creating a space where people can openly discuss their ideas is critical for growth. This safe space where employees aren’t afraid of being judged, can give birth to not just solutions to past problems, but also innovative ideas that can really propel the company. It’s also a great process to learn from the company’s mistakes and adapt to change. Retrospectives are a great risk management tool that enable leaders to identify risks at an early stage. When team members are comfortable discussing issues, they might help the company in surprising ways, including spotting problems that are in their early stage and thereby saving the company a lot of trouble later on.

Is Your Company’s Annual Retreat A Hit Or A Miss?

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Is Your Company’s Annual Retreat A Hit Or A Miss?

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Companies that consistently produce results know the secret lies in good employee management. Employees work best when they are engaged and feel connected to the management. Organizations stand to gain when this connection is strong because it creates deeper alignment among employees and between employees and the management. However, many companies fail to capitalize on opportunities that create such connection and alignment. In their drive to focus on the bottom line, many companies forget the importance of employee engagement and how they can use existing events or structures to give it a boost.

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