“Natural” versus Engineered Environments
Ernst Bouwer, Management Consultant, South Africa, Member
Thank you for your insightful post.
My topic heading, although not capturing all the complexity, links to policies used to engineer a “controlling” framework that seems unnatural and unfriendly towards employees. These policies and procedures, in my country, also are in reaction to national legislation and the associated compliance requirements, which in turn could complicate, disempower and slow down supervisors from acting quickly and flexibly, for example people discipline issues impacted on by labour legislation and policies. Perhaps I digress here from the core macro concept of your post, which I agree with.
Policies are good and bad. Policies being used to address undesirable behaviour is like a double edged sword with an up- and down-side. Perhaps the answer lies in having excellent, assertive and people-oriented leaders that instils a culture beyond the reach of those policy frameworks.
How this happened? Perhaps an “evolutionary” (legacy) remnant from the industrial era.