Connecting People in Your Organization
Using the Digital Workplace to boost culture
Embrace new management styles
One major corporate trend is the transition from a traditional vertical hierarchy toward a more horizontal organization.
A flat hierarchy (or horizontal) is an organizational structure where there are fewer levels of middle management between executives and the rest of the staff. As a result, leaders are closer to their employees in a way they couldn’t be before. A horizontal hierarchy creates higher rates of employee engagement and more flexibility to work faster.
What’s more, some teams are managed by the same person – referred to as matrix management – adding a layer of complexity and interconnection inside the workforce that necessitates breaking silos.
It is time to give your employees the responsibility and authority to do their job. Information is made to be shared. To engage your employees, management should communicate regularly on what is going on in your organization and what role each employee plays.
Your management should strive to be Visionary, Democratic and Participative.
Respect and Recognition
More than ever, employees seek respect and recognition
Forget the old ways of bureaucratic management dealing in threats and intimidation. These outdated practices actually inhibit contribution. Employees want safe workplaces, where they know they can try new things and give honest feedback.
In order to create an open environment, managers need to put people first. Before expecting respect, start by respecting your employees’ opinions and culture. You should also prioritize check-ins with your employees as much as you do client meetings.
Leaders should set time to interact with teams and share regular updates about the company: consistency is key to truly connect with employees. Organize a set cadence for touchpoints, which can be weekly team meetings, reports or one-on-one meetings.
Finally, recognition should become a way of life. Do not hesitate to say thank you verbally or in writing, and to celebrate team successes publicly, as often as possible.
You can leverage an internal communication platform to set up spaces for employee recognition like a “Kudos Corner” or “Love Wall,” or just simply post “Thank You” notes!