Solution to Worker Discontent: Digital Democracy
People are not happy at work. A Conference Board survey found that more than half of employees are not satisfied with their jobs. All that discontent wreaks havoc on productivity and innovation. So what can HR do about it?
A recent Forbes article offers some interesting ideas. Social media tools that allow quick information sharing are driving more ideas to flow from the bottom of organizations to the C-suite. That raises employee satisfaction. The results of their work are apparent. They revel in the recognition they receive for their contributions, and they understand their value to organizations. Some businesses have gone as far as giving workers one day each month to delve into any project they choose. That practice has encouraged innovation and solutions to tough customer problems.
How would such a drastic change in the way work gets done affect HR? Will HR have to change the way it trains and develops the workforce?