Recruiting and retention was formerly an issue of salary, geography, and career trajectory. Now it has become a matter of lifestyle choice – i.e. of personal values.
Even on the most basic level staff increasingly expects inducements such as: flexible working conditions, a social, ethical, environmental and moral outlook, a career path that is self-determined and self-managed and life-learning as part of their career development programme. The workplace is no longer just a place where people go to earn their living and make a career, but a place to grow as human beings.
Today, a number of organisations have discovered the strategic advantage of evolving into self-organising, participative, self-managed and people-centred organisms. Self-leadership, self-esteem and self-confidence are human traits promoted in this new type of organisations.
Take the case of Square Space as an example…According to an article in Entrepreneur Magazine,
“This successful start-up is regularly voted as one of the best places to work in New York City. Its company culture is one that is “flat, open and creative.” A flat organization is one where there is no (or very few) levels of management in between staff and executives. This approach is more common among start-ups and can be tricky to maintain as a company grows larger, generally requiring groups to form.
SquareSpace also offers robust benefits and perks, including 100 percent coverage of health insurance premiums, flexible vacations, attractive office space, catered meals, stocked kitchens, monthly celebrations, relaxation spaces and periodic guest lecturers. Solid benefits such as these help a culture but are not the sole instigator of successful culture. Down-to-earth leaders and direct access to management have a great deal of impact.
Takeaway: Employees feel their voices can be heard when they aren’t muffled under layers of management. This level of freedom and empowerment creates confident employees and improves morale.”
Forbes Magazine recently published this article on 5 global companies that have got their corporate culture right. And the common thread amongst these, is that this open, flexible approach starts at the top… with the management team.
It starts with a leader who is willing to take that leap of faith and one who understands the importance of bringing professional and personal growth together into career programs, leadership training and recruiting adding both humanism and professionalism to the organisation’s development process.
I believe this is one of the most promising trends in management and leadership today.
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