Far out Friday: Do you have “busy fools” dominating your workplace?

HRD provides guidance on how to uphold your organisational structure to keep employees focused so they don’t fall into the trap of appearing industrious while accomplishing very little.

Far out Friday: Do you have “busy fools” dominating your workplace?
According to Lean Six Sigma studies, only three percent of workplace activity yields a quantifiable value to an employer.  Too often, this can be the result of a fragmented corporate structure comprised of “busy fools” who appear industrious but in reality accomplish very little. As a starting point, Lean Six Sigma practitioners recommend that HR practitioners ask themselves the following questions:
  • Structure – how are functions set up in order to deliver results?
  • Collaboration model – can teams work together to achieve a shared objective?
  • Skills and capabilities – does talent possess the competencies required by strategy?
  • Ways of working – are optimal values encouraged?
  • Measurement and reward – do evaluative processes bring progress?
  • Information and resources – are employees well-suited to succeed?
Corporate Missteps
Sometimes companies find themselves succumbing to pitfalls when attempting to align strategy with organizational structure.  A few of these obstacles include:
  • Communication – employees should understand what a firm’s goals are and be able to articulate strategy clearly
  • Misalignment – every department, and the jobs within those departments, should be carefully designed to align with strategy and create value for a company
  • Drift – organizations evolve, and HR leaders should ensure that firms do not stray too far from strategy-driven design
Implementing Structure
Companies with a disorganized structure can put policies in place to become better designed and more in tune with strategy.  Experts recommend the following:
  • Frequently assess employees to ensure they have a clear understanding of strategy
  • Consistently reiterate that strategy to workers
  • Encourage departments to draft an “organizational purpose statement” that details how they add value to the firm
  • Provide leaders who are unaligned with strategy six months to improve operations
With these strategies in place, an organization will operate leaner, meaner, and most importantly, in the right direction – forward.


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