Imagine a workplace where employees take full ownership for their team’s performance and where the culture fosters innovation and interaction. Where transparent, honest and uplifting conversations take place between employees and leaders. Picture a workplace where employees are fully supported and where the culture has gone beyond ‘empowerment’. And then imagine achieving this, so that the organization has unmatched commitment, attendance, performance and customer satisfaction.
The spirit of employeeship
Does it sound too good to be true? It’s not. This is the spirit and the reality of employeeship. This simple, yet fundamental approach to transforming attitudes at work has provided outstanding results in Scandinavia. And now the rest of the world is catching on fast too.
Leaders and employees who have been engaged in employeeship see their role as much more than just the carrying out of formal instructions passed on from the leader to team members. They see it as a way of helping individuals grow, professionally but even more so in a deeply personal way. And since employeeship is about aligning individuals’ innermost values to what they do every day – in relation to their work and to the people they work alongside – they experience increased well-being in life.
Organizations that have successfully implemented a culture of employeeship not only get better everyday conversations between managers and co-workers but they also gain deeper knowledge of employees’ skills and talents. Furthermore, they experience a much greater sense of engagement and responsibility amongst their employees.
It’s not a program or project – it’s a culture
It’s important to remember that employeeship is not a development program or a project. It’s a work culture. One that is not implemented by simply improving employee engagement with suggestion boxes, “employee of the month”-awards or different bonus programs. It goes much deeper than that. It’s like empowerment on steroids – without negative effects.
Leaders and employees act together as partners in the workplace. That means acknowledging and taking responsibility for your part as a team member as well as standing up for what you believe is right. It means going beyond what is required in your job description. Employeeship is doing what is in the best interest for the team, the organization and foremost, for the customers. In its essence it is about placing yourself in a position where you act as a co-builder of the organization you belong to. Where you are part of something larger than yourself and your work isn’t just a job but a meaningful experience. How can it possibly get better than that?