According to Psychology Today, one in six workers in North America and the U.K. are working 60-hour workweeks. While some might look at these numbers and think these committed employees are adding to the company’s bottom line, this actually may not be good for business. Here’s why:
It can be very difficult to ask an outside consultant to come into your business; there is the fear that they will turn your business inside out, find fault, assign blame, and leave you in a worse state than you were in before. Good consultants, though, can help you find the fault lines running through your business and show you how to shore up your foundations. Can you put your company in the hands of a small partnership? Will a larger firm be able to meet your needs better? Or will you get more from a small firm than a large one? Let’s take a look at a few pros and cons of working with a small partnership.
From a young age, we’re taught the importance of hard work. If we work hard, we’ll succeed. If we work hard, we’ll be able to achieve our goals. As Thomas Edison said, “There is no substitute for hard work.” Well, turns out that’s not all there is to it. Say you are tasked with digging out sod and creating a 15 foot x 15 foot garden plot. You could spend all day with a shovel, or you could rent a rototiller and get it done in an hour or so.
Organizational effectiveness is far more than the ability of your company to make sales or to turn a profit. Rather, it focuses on the overall effectiveness in these short-term areas, as well as sustainability, concern for the environment, corporate culture, talent management, leadership, innovation, strategy, engagement, and communication.
I can’t overstate the importance of effective managers. Time after time, research shows that managers have a significant impact on their organizations.