Every boss wants to create a workplace where employees thrive.
Not only does this benefit the company but also keeps the staff happy and productive.
Given the entry of automation at the workplace, and the global economic, political and cultural change, the need for an effective, diverse workplace is increasing.
But how do you create one?
Zeno Group recently conducted a survey on what concerns employees at work and how those issues are standing in the way of effective engagement.
The survey included 4,500 employees from around the world including Malaysia, Singapore, Canada, the US and the UK.
Employees were questions about their attitudes toward their jobs, the effectiveness of the communications they receive to perform in their roles, and their specific concerns around current issues prevalent in the workplace.
Some of the widespread concerns among employees were job loss due to automation and generational differences on issues such as work-life balance.
Below, I’ve broken down the 2 major concerns of employees in more detail which will guide you to create a workspace where everyone is happy, aligned and motivated to work.
1. Company’s Mission and Values
Over 40% of the respondents globally said they are concerned about their own company’s objective and goal.
Many of them do not even know what their company truly stands for or represents.
When it came to millennials, their level of concern about corporate values was greater.
7 in 10 respondents considered their job an important part of their identity.
At the same time, 87% globally say they want to work at a company where they feel like part of a family.
2. New Technologies
The study findings confirmed that accelerating technology, work-life imbalance and information overload are major job stressors.
40% of employees across the world are worried that new technologies could put them out of work.
Despite flexible workplaces, the concept of balance remains a mirage for many workers.
Notably, across all markets, it’s millennials who are most concerned about the issue as high as 65% said they do not get personal time as due to heavy workloads.
Along with their overall concern about these critical workplace issues, a majority of respondents globally believe their companies are not making any progress on these issues. W
So, What is The Secret to Build An Happy and Engaging Workplace?
AUTONOMY BUSINESS MODEL (ABM)
First and foremost, we need to set the right working environment for adaptability to occur, and that starts with creating a balanced ecosystem.
We need to erase that dividing line. The top and the bottom of the organization must merge into one that the pyramid becomes holistic and all-encompassing.
ABM give employees more control over how they do things can make a huge difference to employee performance, productivity and commitment.
So, employees can both think and act independently because they all share accountabilities, responsibilities and are aligned to deliver the customers needs.
ABM immediately remove the “me” mindset that pervades many organizational values and instead create a shared mentality of “we” throughout, because people are now goal-bound rather than process driven.
Why ABM Model?
As new competitors emerge, new products are released, and industries change, an organization must be both willing and able to adapt for purpose if it wants to stay relevant.
Otherwise, there is a huge risk of becoming obsolete become the old hierarchy is system outdated.
The very nature of a hierarchical structure places the decision-makers at the top and the employees at the bottom.
As a result, subordinates who have the front-line context but lack the decision-making power to act, and higher level executives who think they have the same context as the rest of their employees but don’t.
There is a dividing line between those who do things right and those who do the right things.
Hence, it slows down the decision-making process, no dog watch over the business run and structure and bottom line company fail to deliver to customer’s need.
Benefits of ABM:
- The staff members have some more power over her/his professional activities.
- Increase employee morale and motivation by giving more freedom over their work lives.
- The employees bear more responsibility and ownership of work
- Motivate her/him to work harder and invest more energy and interest in each project.
- Build a strong corporate culture that respects the work of individuals.
- Creates a sense of job security.
- Autonomy improves customers experience.
- Increase overall business productivity while reducing turnover and its associated costs.
- Accountability lies with the employee
- Allowing individuals to learn from mistakes instead of playing the blame game.
Hope this was helpful. Let me know what you think of the ABM model and feel free to ask any question you have in regards to the model in the comment section below.
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