A. Why Even Have Happy Workplaces?
Organizations are designed to use talent, resources and ideas to achieve goals that benefit a chosen set of customers within a market. The talent and the ideas come from people, who form the most important facet, and are a source of diverse capabilities within any enterprise. Happy people are known to produce exemplary results, demonstrate loyalty, foster collaboration, have an appetite for risk-taking and creativity, and attract other talented people who also enjoy working in joyful workplaces. Happy companies are also more successful and show evidence of higher customer loyalty.
Yet the way organizational structures and processes are designed, they do need to use power and authority to get things done. This is where organizations fail to appreciate that the unbridled use of power, and a reliance on toxic, competitive politics to get things done, gives rise to workplaces that do not display any, or even a few of, the following nine key virtues that distinguish ordinary companies from those that are happy, vibrant, effective and competitive:
B. How Do We Create Such Workplaces? There are four key levers that need to be marshaled and actuated to create workplaces that are warm, happy, innovative and productive. These are:
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An author of four books, his most recent one (co-authored with his wife, Savita) ‘Navigating the Maze – Simple, Smarter, Strategies to Fast-Track Success’ is especially suited to address the myriad concerns of professionals working in a fast-paced, interconnected and volatile world.
He is the former India Managing Director for the Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, the Stratford USA based Helicopter OEM, now a part of Lockheed Martin. Prior to that, he was with the Tata Group in diverse senior roles for over three decades. Bharat’s work with the Tata Group and Sikorsky has given him unique capabilities in the areas of organisational performance, process and value improvement, leadership and team development, ethical decision-making, governance, responsible business and much more.
Bharat believes that customer centricity, ethics & integrity, management of processes & products and leadership should form the bedrock of any successful, scalable operation. He has conceptualised and delivered innovative and path-breaking solutions to complex organisational issues, in industries as varied as aerospace and defence, industrial products and start-ups. Workers’ unions have frequently sought Bharat’s advice on matters related to labour productivity and management interactions.
A sought-after speaker, he is passionate about working with values and ethics and unfolding innovation and beneficial change. He is a Fellow of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), and of the All India Management Association (AIMA). And serves on several boards as well.View Profile
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