I had the privilege of meeting Julia Gillard on her last night as Prime Minister. Julia did a great service for women by breaking the highest glass ceiling left in Australia. If she was able to make it to the top, there are no excuses for anyone to say it is not possible to move up.
In this life, we all strive for happiness. Some set the goal of achieving happiness through their work, some through their relationships; others spend a lifetime searching for the key to happiness when in reality it has been within them all along. Perhaps, to be truly happy you have to accept and appreciate who you really are. Knowing what your core values are and living by them makes attaining happiness much easier.
When I think about the roles of managers, I reflect on the processes of the “top to bottom” approach of driving a team. In the past, the typical structure of a company was based on a hierarchy system that did not encourage employees to take ownership of their roles. This structure can lead to a decrease in creativity in your staff as well as diminishing their personal empowerment. This regimented hierarchy system is limiting and creates stagnation in companies. When you empower people who to take ownership of their role and be proactive in leading themselves and the team to success, you create strong productive leaders. Take the example of Mark Shapiro and how he turned the Six Flags Amusement Park chain around.
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.