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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Benefits of Bottom Up Management

Bottom up management occurs when decisions are made from the lowest positions possible within the workplace. There are numerous benefits when organizations change from a top-down approach to a bottom-up approach which includes better vetted decisions, employee empowerment, better skills, lower turnover, and generally better performance.

Vetted Decisions: This occurs when more people look at a problem and then seek to find solutions from a diverse set of eyes. Employees typically come from different backgrounds with different experiences and can open up new pathways of thinking or see problems before they rise.

Employee Empowerment: When employees have an opportunity to make decisions that impact them they feel empowered to take ownership over problems. As each employees success is tied to the business they feel a greater sense of ownership over the organization.

Better Skills: Making decisions also means we understand the context of those decisions. Employees know that their skills are not in isolation and have a better sense of how all the different types of skills work together. They will soon seek to diversify their talents.

Lower Turnover: Having input on decisions also leads to more loyalty to the company. Employees gain a sense of connection with the organization that values their opinions and beliefs.

Better Performance: Performance improves over time as employees tie their own success to the organization. They self-police and create expectations toward other employees as they build their community


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