Front-line employees are expected to follow the path created for them. The boss decides what that path will look like and how it should be followed. Does this system work?
Largely though, the path created has some flaws. There are unexpected obstacles and hurdles. The flow chart reaches decision loops and dead ends.
Systems and People
Consequences for a failed system are shown on the income statement, or dealt with by the front-line, or both.
A system working in the black doesn’t mean that the system is working, at least not as completely or effectively as it could.
What could go wrong? It’s designed by the boss.
Businesses are comprised of a system. They’re also comprised of people.
Are investments made in the people?
What is the hiring practice? Hire a friend of a friend? The bosses relative? Are these the best choices?
Are people in the system listening?
Does the system allow for empathy and compassion?
What is the culture? Are employees trained and invested in, or are they viewed as a tool to accomplish a task?
The Boss Decides
Most workplaces are held to a standard.
There is always a culture and likely sub-cultures. Those components are developed by the boss. The boss decides what the organization looks like.
Most employees only have a few choices.
They can role model exactly what the culture illustrates, in a failed system or failing culture they can attempt to role model something better, or they can leave.
When the employees care enough to try to make a difference will anyone listen?
The boss decides.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.