Striving for utmost perfection has failed employees on multiple occasions. Today's agile solution is to promote collaboration, support, and partnership!
In the late 19th century, Frederick Taylor founded “Scientific Management.” Now - before this starts to sound like a junior high history report, there are several parallels between his philosophy and that which we applied to the evolution of Digno.
Taylor’s philosophy was designed to promote collaboration between the organization and the employees, with the goal of true and complete optimization that would lead to proper compensation for an employee’s effort, while operating within the best interest of everyone - organization and employee. By leading with this approach, employees could benefit from higher wages, shorter working hours, and better working conditions.
Ultimately, the response was not holistically positive, as many were against the heavy industrialization that – at the time – may have felt a lot like employees do now when faced with the reality of automation in the workplace. Two centuries later, we are still coping with major inefficiencies within our organizations that lead to decreased productivity and profit, disengaged employees, and overworked managers.
Is it possible that the high level competition that exists within an industry or even an organization results in “hard” work that isn’t actually intuitive or “smart”? Many of us likely grew up with parents or mentors advising us to work hard – but there wasn’t much discussion around what it means to work smarter, not harder.
Much like Taylor enforced his scientific management philosophy, Digno was built with every member of the organization in mind - the advantages of efficient, productive, and focused work benefit the employee and the organization. We believe in the mentality - work smarter, not harder, and with or without an intuitive platform to pave the way, there are efforts and actions that can be taken to promote this throughout the organization.
Encourage your employees to ask for help and to collaborate with their teammates. This might mean asking the question for them and making necessary introductions within the organization when necessary. If there were easily accessible data to illustrate how much time is wasted trying to complete a task or find an answer independently when someone nearby likely had the answer – it would certainly highlight a consistent internal issue for various organizations. Reinforce that it is not the responsibility of an employee to complete a task entirely alone, and find every opportunity to demonstrate that together is often the way to smarter.
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