Is everyone in your organisation motivated by growth?Sachin Kalaskar
“Growth means different things to different employees.” I was explaining to Raj after the deep dive to identify growth challenges. “Everybody is not equally excited about the possibilities. At least not till they have a clear picture of what will be the end result.”
Even at a CXO level it can lead to confusion. Does it mean more revenues? More profits? Or higher profitability? The actions can be totally different depending on the expectation.
As the growth percolates down the hierarchy, it takes different forms. It can mean more work, more pressure, more excitement, more incentives, more trouble, more chances of failure, more support calls, more load on the computer systems, and more.
Some of the changes can be demotivating, unless properly explained and executed by the leaders at all levels. If the middle management does not understand the implications the results can be disastrous.
Here are some of the fears, that may need to be addressed at all levels
- What does it mean to me? Will I grow with it? Or will I get marginalized?
- Will I be expected to put in a lot more work hours?
- As new people come in will my team members change?
- With more junior people coming in, will I need to spend a lot more time taking care of their work?
- With more senior people coming in, will I lose my position in the organisation?
A sudden and unplanned growth can change the company culture, which was built by the founders with a lot of effort.
Is everyone in your organization motivated by growth?