Are You Working in an Open Workplace?

In the first article of this six-part series we introduced the four workplace cultures: Defensive, Paternalistic, Open, and Collaborative.  In this fourth installment, we’ll paint a sketch of the Open workplace.

In an Open workplace chaos abounds, and is characteristic of many start ups. Here are some hallmarks of the Open workplace:

  • The organization is flat, not hierarchical.
  • The company mantra is, “We have nothing to hide!”
  • Problems and ideas are shared freely; open disagreement is encouraged.
  • People at all levels are free to talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly.
  • Information flows everywhere, from multiple channels.
  • Calendars overflow with meetings.
  • Task forces and cross-functional groups are everywhere.
  • Tear down the walls! This is a cubical-free zone.
  • Employee involvement, activity, and energy-levels around the company are high.
  • So many people are involved in decision-making, sometimes no decisions are made.
  • People work long hours to keep their heads above water, because ideas never sleep.
  • There’s abrupt abandonment of current projects, and hasty adoption of new ones.
  • Every day is baptism by fire.

The Open workplace culture can be cutting edge and exciting, but this fire hose approach to running a business is a recipe for employee burnout. There is insufficient structure or processes in place to keep people from losing direction, and people never know what to expect.

Every team needs a playbook to clearly outline their goals and the key maneuvers needed to achieve them. A playbook:

  • Creates clarity and focus
  • Puts the future in your control
  • Creates a filter for decision making, resource allocation, and evaluating new opportunities
  • Helps you out-think the competition
  • Creates a common platform for change
  • Keeps you on track

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Amy A. Pearl

Amy is the Chief Optimizer at Work Ignited and the author of Amazon #1 Best Seller "The Collaboration Breakthrough". For almost twenty years, Amy and her team has provided strategic solutions and simple tools to help business leaders and HR professionals ignite their passion, ignite their teams, and ignite their workplaces. Amy specializes in helping individuals and entire organizations think differently and achieve more by bringing data to life through employee surveys, psychometric assessments, and 360° feedback assessments.

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