Bureaucracy, red tape, delays and having to run everything through a succession of managers. It’s amazing that any work gets done these days! There are far too many organisations that have numerous management layers. Instead of promoting efficiency, it leads to confusion and lack of productivity. Team members are given a task and told to concentrate on it without any clue as to how it fits into the company’s overall goals. I learned long ago that layers of hierarchy only led to reduced efficiency which is why we have completely eliminated management structure and have instead created a workplace environment at E-Web Marketing that team members love. Here is how you can follow suit.
America has dominated the global economic landscape for a long time so it’s only natural that entrepreneurs in Australia and around the world would seek to emulate American work practices. While some of the techniques they use will help you accumulate more money, it appears as if they won’t do much for happiness in the workplace! American organisations have been accused of fostering a working environment laden with stress, anger and sadness and too many companies in Australia have followed suit.
When we think of ways to keep team members happy, it’s easy to get carried away with ‘perks’. For example, Google’s corporate headquarters is famous for providing perks such as massages, medical care onsite and dry cleaning. While these are excellent benefits to have, when Google interviewed their employees, it found that team members valued things like having managers that took a genuine interest in the lives of their staff and being allowed to express themselves creatively.
What kind of person would you consider as somebody who is successful in life? For many people, the first stereotype that comes to mind is the successful businessman with a lot of financial freedom. What if this successful businessman worked around the clock and didn’t have time to foster deep relationships with other people or even look after his own health? Would you still consider this person as somebody who is successful in life?
My company’s vision is to Spread Happiness, Success and Fun (HSF) to everyone we encounter. This does not limit to only the people I do business with at E-Web Marketing. It could be someone I met in an elevator or someone I am sitting next to on the plane. The vision of HSF is something that is passionately embraced by the team of E-Webbers who work in a company environment that enables them to achieve their goals, and help others do the same.
So at the end of last year, E-Web was privileged to be invited to attend Triple Care Farm’s Graduation Day for 2012. Located in scenic Robertson, Triple Care Farm is a successful rehabilitation facility for troubled youths who have experienced challenges beyond their years including homelessness, substance abuse, mental illness and acute behavioural problems.
Many of us are lucky enough to spend Christmas and all year round under a roof with our families and loved ones. On the other hand, those at Mission Australia’s Charles Chambers Court are not so lucky.
E-Web Marketing was recently featured on Today Tonight as one of the best places to work in Australia. Take a glimpse into the E-Web office to see how fun, flexible and a relaxed work environment can do wonders to improve productivity and keep staff happy.
Organisations with a high staff turnover need to take a long, hard look at how they operate. If you read my blog regularly, you will know that I am a major advocate of introducing fun, happiness and positivity to the workplace. Companies that don’t offer flexibility to their employees will quickly lose staff as the modern team member wants to contribute to the business but also seek freedom and flexibility in their work arrangements.
Do you remember how much energy you had as a child? Once we reach adulthood, we look at children and marvel at their energy and the fact that they never seem to get tired. Adults on the other hand feel drained and have little energy at work. It seems amazing to think that companies have yet to truly figure out how to improve staff mood and productivity. Instead, they are content to keep things as they are and allow their team to feel tired, unmotivated, and fed up.
Happiness leads to productivity
My interview with BRW Magazine on how to turn poisonous workplace culture into great place to work! Read more here