So empowerment is not the way company will generate an engaged workforce. What could it be?
Some start to talk about implementing the agile framework to other areas than IT but again it is limiting employees growth and the company’s development. If we want to see the most creative, the most dedicated, the most efficient employees we must totally change the way we interact with them.
We need a radical evolution!
So far we are facing paternalistic constructions in companies. No one can move as long as the father figure says so. We are all adult why not treat us as such? I propose another way to see the world of work. One where You can do what you do best and decide what should be done while exchanging with others that are impacted by your decision. One where your potential is recognized and magnified. One where you can change roles and tasks as you grow. One where your personality is not something to hide but to be proud of. I offer you the possibility to make your workplace a living place.
I hear you saying “what on earth are you talking about? You cannot be yourself at work. It would be a mess” Isn’t your workplace some kind of mess already? plus it is not because companies function a certain way nowadays that it is the good one.
There are alternatives to the patriarchal management and one of them is self-managed companies.
We can choose to free employees from the obligation to report to someone else. We can free them from the burden of silos. We can trust them and allow them to work as they want, how they want and where they want as long as they create the value they were hired for. Misconception I often hear when talking about self-management are the following ones:
Misconceptions about self-management
- Self-management does not create messy processes (as if processes in business were good nowadays…)
- People do not take decisions that only profit them
- Self-management is not anarchy
- Employees are motivated
Reasons why self-management fails
You may want to implement self-management but be confused about how to do it. I also saw employers implementing self-management without realizing that they did not implement self management but:
- Let employees on their own with no vision
- No planned communication
- Expecting people to do thing a certain way
Self-management is not a magic wand
Self-management is easy to understand but difficult to implement because we have to be conscious of our conditioning, mental models and belief. Each individual can flourish in self-development when we truly understand what it means for each one of us.
We need more people working for things they believe in. We need people who care about their clients’ need. We need to rethink the way we work so that we can change the world.
What does it mean for you? How would a self-managed day, week, month, year look like?