- Posted by James Canada
I always say that if you’re not moving ahead, you’re falling behind.
Why? Because the business world is always innovating! But there’s a problem in most organizations. As a whole, they still base their structure on the traditional hierarchies of the industrial revolution.
Back then, the owner hired “hands” to work for him. The “boss” required little more than physical labor from the “workers.” As mass production and technology improved, the “boss” learned that he increasingly needed to hire additional “brainpower.”
The worker was now involved in the decision-making processes. This change in the role of many workers continued through the second half of the 20th Century. “Progress” brought significant changes to the business environment, which greatly influenced the way companies operate today. Over time, though, they were forced to take drastic measures to survive that included mergers, acquisitions, and layoffs.
Particularly, in the last two decades, the pace of change has become exponential, which required many organizations to make up new rules as they played the game.
Change, change, change! All the changes had a disconcerting impact—at every level—on the people who worked for these companies. However, the employer/employee, leader/follower paradigm continues as the dominant structure in business.
It created mistrust rooted in a fear of the unknown.
Some of the fears associated with mistrust in the workplace may include:
- Not telling us everything
- Not caring about us
- “This too will pass” attitude
- Career in jeopardy
- Can’t make a difference
- They’re out of touch
- Changes are not necessary
Do whatever you can to discover if these fears are present in your company. If they are, find ways to dispel them. It will unify your team and lead you to greater success.
Jim is an operations, business development and program/project management leader with Executive Management experience in both Service and Manufacturing environments.
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