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the idea that people are valuable and should be encouraged to give of their best rather than be chained to fixed hours or place is gaining traction
There are those who care, those who say they care but do little, and those who treat others with contempt. Well yes we could be talking about any one of a number of situations but this time we are referring to the relationship which a business has with its employees. You see, it’s one thing to say that you have signed up to all of the latest thinking about the importance of culture and employee engagement, quite another to put the policies and attitudes in place which will deliver change.
So it is refreshing to hear of one entrepreneur who has really taken to heart the fact that his team is not only an asset but also a key differentiating factor. Speaking to lifehacker Australia, the founder of HotelQuickly, Christian Mischler, cited ‘people above all’ as one of the key lessons which he had learned whilst growing his business.
One of the results of this is that Christian’s employees are encouraged to work wherever and whenever they feel most productive, with meeting targets being more highly prized than simply spending time in the office. Speaking to news.com.au Christian said that his employees were free to choose their own hours and could work for one of nine worldwide offices or from “their home, a beach, wherever they want, as long as they deliver results.
Whilst this model would not work for every organisation, the idea that people are valuable and should be encouraged to give of their best rather than be chained to fixed hours or place is gaining traction in the wider business community. Really caring, treating people as valuable contributors may take a change of culture but it is one which could lead to game changing results.