Are Your Best Practices Making Things Worse?
"Best practices," as a term, should speak for itself. These rules, procedures and guidelines for how things get done have, obviously, the goal of streamlining and improving work. Otherwise they wouldn't be best, right?
But it turns out there's a chasm between how managers, executives, and business owners think of these helpful suggestions from the top and how front-line employees view them. They may be best from management's perspective, but ordinary employees, it seems, often beg to disagree. A new survey of 800 execs, employees, and educators from across a range of industries carried out by communication training company Fierce uncovered resentment and annoyance over so-called "best practices." The survey found:
- 44 percent of respondents say their company's best practices actually hinder employee productivity and morale
- 47 percent report that their organization’s current practices consistently get in the way of desired results, rather than optimize the success of the business