The idea of open organizations comes from Jim Whitehurst and his book The Open Organization: Igniting Passion and Performance. He wanted all ideas to be heard and not a CEO on top taking the money without getting into the nitty gritty of the company. He wanted to help the company succeed in a hands on way that was practically unheard of. The idea of “top down” was dated and unsuccessful. This is how he brought success into his company and many others…

Uses all Employees:

  • No matter their position in the company everyone needs an opportunity to lead! This is important because it is giving employees opportunities to be more involved in their work. It helps everyone feel important and makes them want to work for your company rather than another.

Values all Input:

  • When a company uses the open organization set up they are using all hands on deck and have a better system set up that helps all input be used and appreciated.
  • It is also more just a better way to communicate because since everyone feels valued, people feel they can talk openly about what is not working in the company.

Builds Better Relations:

  • When people feel valued in the workplace, as stated above they can give more advice about what is not working in the company. But they can also help one another better by talking freely and not being worried about judgement or being shot down. This helps the company work better as a team and for the same common goal. It is not person vs. person anymore it person helping person.

My Opinion:

I believe there are obvious pros to open organizations and it should be used more. It values more people but there should also be some sort of benefit for working harder than peers. For example, in groups there is always a slacker and I believe the people that did more should be rewarded and the ones who were slackers should be encouraged to do better. A pay raise or bigger title would motive people and I believe that open organizations are awesome but there should still be things that reward hard workers.

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