Deshawn, you stated: The organizational structure in my place of work is relatively flat and there is a lot of emphasis on collaboration, team work and sharing of ideas.
Are employees free to act on some of those ideas? The concepts of chain of command have less relevance today because of technology and the trend of empowering employees. A low-level employee today can access information in seconds that 30 years ago was available only to top managers. Similarly, computer technology increasingly allows employees anywhere in an organization to communicate with anyone else without going through formal channels.
Morale and job satisfaction are highly correlated to employee empowerment.
Everyone…does your organization practice the concept of employee empowerment? If not, what are some opportunities to improve this?