Every organization wants and cherishes the idea of being a high performance one. It likes to beat the competition. Will that happen overnight or accidentally? Definitely, NOT! So, what should the organization or its leadership do to achieve such a status? How can one distinguish a high performing organization from the others?
Some of the qualities or attributes of high performance workplaces and organizations are:
Direct their efforts towards getting the best out of their people. They believe that without the commitment of their people they cannot accomplish their vision. They treat their people as assets and strive for happiness and well-being in the organization. Happy employees are productive employees-something a high performance organization never overlooks.
Build effective, multi-pronged communication networks. They ensure and encourage the free flow of communication at various levels which are watertight enough to avoid any chance of misunderstandings or miscommunication. They ensure that all employees understand the Company’s mission, values and objectives and its expectations of them. Thus, they avoid confusion and help employees pick the start-up speed.
Build and nurture effective teamwork. Teams thrive in coordination. All the members of a team should be in sync, contributing to the common objective. This occurs when there is absolute trust among the team members. High performance organizations provide leadership which builds trust among the team members by encouraging open communication in a flat hierarchy. This motivates employees to share their ideas, concerns and views on better work processes.
Show dynamism for change. Change is always welcome within an organization. They create a culture which embraces diversity which leads to better ideas and higher productivity. They never encourage a ‘we-have-always-done-things-this-way’ attitude. Instead, they provide proper leadership in anticipating, analyzing, planning and managing change in accordance with organizational objectives.
Facilitate learning and development. They boost individual growth by providing them with proper learning tools and environment. They conduct training programs, seminars and workshops. Besides, they offer online learning facilities to help employees gain new skills and improve productivity. They never hinder employee growth.
Integrate technology appropriately. Using technology can greatly enhance employees’ productivity since it facilitates their work and can help them focus on several tasks.
High performance organizations are the ones that stay competitive in the market. However, it cannot happen all of a sudden. It needs a conscious effort on a Company’s part to analyze and develop practices that result in high performances. A Company must weave these practices into its everyday operations so that it becomes part of its intrinsic culture.
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