Decentralization – future of the workplace
The Covid 19 experience has once again brought to the front the importance of being agile – for organizations and individuals.
Agile organizations and people are almost nomadic in their mindset – they hold onto exactly what they need and treat everything else as burdens that will hold them back when it’s time to move on.
A large, fancy, downtown central office, is literally one of the biggest things that kill organization agility. Besides draining money, they symbolize traditional power, hierarchy, and centralization of work. And that’s too bad, because more than ever before, the world is moving towards reduced power distances, horizontal leadership, and decentralization of resources and people.
It’s time for organizations to analyze the need to transition towards decentralization of people and resources, allowing people flexibility to work closer to where the action might be, like the factory or lab or the client location.
To successfully do away with the headquarters, here are some of the essentials
- Decentralization has to be the decision of the people involved and not top-down.
- Proper IT infrastructure and equipment/tools needed for flexible work, such as laptops, secure internet connections, secure data access, etc.
- Clear agreements and social contracts that define how a team will deliver top-notch performance without being centralized.
- Allow the choice and space for teams to come together to interact when they need to.
What are the Pros and Cons of the decentralized mode of working as you might have experienced during the Covid 19 period?