The Semco Style 5 Principles to transform the way we work
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Rush Hour MBA

An alternative to being stuck in rush hour traffic.

The lack of challenge, meaning, and purpose would be suffocating. Human beings thrive on being productive, on working toward goals, on providing for their families, on building a future—just don’t ask them to do it all the time and without the freedom to say, “Now, I need time for me – Ricardo Semler


IN A NUTSHELL

Employees are ambitious. They strive to learn on the job or even outside to get that next promotion and to grow. When that’s the case, the question to ask is if the company can do more for its employees learning goals. It’s not always possible for companies to send employees away for seasonal training or to sit them down for sessions during business. Managers are under pressure to generate results. There annual quotas, quarterly goals, and increasing competition. So what is an alternative?

The traditional training methods don’t work in today’s corporate environment, so companies have to innovate to make sure their employees get the education they need. One way to do this is to figure out how employees can maximize their time in office. One option is to help people productively spend the time they’d anyway spend stuck in rush hour traffic.

Another way to make sure they are learning is to make learning a shared responsibility. When a company forms an ecosystem where employees can learn skills from one another, then the idea of training takes a whole new meaning. Not only are they getting valuable experience from someone who has had many years on the job, they are also learning more about their job through simple conversations or lectures and talks.

Learning will benefit employees, boost their skills and help them develop themselves – both professionally and personally. This is an important way in which organizations an increase job satisfaction and reduce employee turnover. It also means that the overall performance of the company will eventually grow, making it a win-win situation for all stakeholders.

 

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