How a lack of strategy impacts staff

How a lack of strategy impacts staff

May 1st, 2011 // 5:00 pm @

Most employees in most companies spend a great deal of time moaning about the company that they choose to spend 35 hours a week at? And senior managers spend an equal amount of time complaining about the staff they choose to pay many thousands of dollars a month too. Seems odd?

Too often the root cause of much of the dissatisfaction is a lack of a clear strategy for the business, and the impact that has right through an organization.

Employees are impacted greatly by a lack of strategy:

  • People want to believe in the company they work for, they want to be committed, but it is hard to commit to something when the goals of that organization are not clear.
  • People are often faced with inconsistent and hard to predict decisions in companies, which lack a clear strategy. Managers have no frame of reference in which to make decisions therefore tend to react to recent events not to a wider strategy, and this is disconcerting for employees.
  • Employees themselves have no strategy to focus their decisions against; therefore they make well-meant decisions, but often ones that are unhelpful, as they do not understand where the company is trying to go.

Such reaction from staff too often triggers exactly the wrong reaction from management, a desire to micro manage and control staff. In our western world micro management and detailed control simply do not work, they lead to open hostility, deception and little getting done. Employees need led not driven!

These issues can vary in their impact from the wasting of resources through poor decision making to paralysis through the business.

The lack of a clear well communicated strategy flows down from the top of a business and impacts every member of staff adversely.

 


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