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.

Three Semco Examples That Reveal The Power Of Flexible Hours

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Three Semco Examples That Reveal The Power Of Flexible Hours

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When companies form ideas and rules that will define them, many of them tend to stick to the traditional norm of setting rigid working hours. Having set timings does work, and it has worked for many years, but the simple act of giving employees some flexibility in hours can go a long way towards improving their engagement and sense of belonging. Flexible hours, as a corporate concept, defies traditional compulsions to control how many hours employees work and to keep track of it all. It might seem easier to monitor set work hours, but there is no way managements can control the amount of work that employees do in those eight hours. It’s not so unusual to see employees in conventional companies quitting work five minutes before time or to see that they’re uninspired at work because they’re preoccupied with scheduling their personal work, like going to the bank or visiting the doctor’s office.

Why Employees With Autonomy Are Better For Your Company

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Why Employees With Autonomy Are Better For Your Company

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Trust is a key element in any relationship. Do you trust your employees to find their way through the work? Do you trust them to complete the task they’re given? If the answer is yes, then letting people work how they want to is your best bet. When you treat employees as adults, the relationship dynamic at the workplace completely transforms. It’s no longer a hierarchical setup with rigid rules but a more informal approach with fluid rules that can be bent and shaped according to need. And it’s not a myth: When they are treated well, employees tend to be more responsible and go out of their way to make sure they do whatever is in the best interests of the company. This, in turn, increases the profitability of the company.

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