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