I had an interesting question come through my Ask Lisa link that I thought I would share with you:
Occupation: computer systems analyst
What is the true signifcance of the “team” concept as proposed by our new company leader. First he bought us all “company” clothes to wear. His next catch phrase is “anything you need”. Then he built a kitchen in the middle of the office area c/w all the standard fare. I’m getting “team”…”family” vibes here. Any significance in attempting to structure a company this way ?
I cannot tell you what your boss is thinking, but I have a few thoughts:
1. Research shows that employees stay longer and do better work when they feel connected to their company and team members. There are many ways to improve connectivity, but certainly logo wear and common break areas are among them.
2. Relationships = Results. Companies that realize that internal relationships and relationships with customers significantly impact results will be more successful. Again, creating a communal break area is one way to encourage better and more dialogue.
3. Many of the most progressive companies offer their employees free or subsidized meals on site. It pays off in the end in better satisfaction and less down time.
4. The best managers know that it is their job to serve their team members.
All these changes are consistent with what we know will improve the work environment. Does he seem sincere? Sometimes leaders go to a seminar and remember the tasks to do but not why and how one should implement them. Chances are he´s trying to good things to attract and keep good talent.
You ask about significance – the significance will be determined by you and your coworkers.
Hey, if he seems genuine, I would say – enjoy it! Most people aren´t so lucky.
If you have concerns or questions about the changes and want to better understand your boss´s motivations or ideas, I would encourage you to ask him. He will likely welcome the open dialogue.
Thanks for the question!
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