Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

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Q: I work for a large organisation that is outsourcing many of its administrative systems, such as payroll and purchasing. It's making life hell for me and my team. We were never given any information about how the changes would take effect and there seems to be no one left in the building who is able to connect everything up. We're tearing our hair out but what can I do to help?

A: Your organisation shows every sign of headlessness; by which I mean an absence of any single presiding individual who cares, and is known throughout the place to care, about how the company feels as well as how it functions. When this happens, bureaucrats and procurement people, particularly if most of them are external hired hands, become too influential. They do exactly what they're paid to do - with nobody to remind them of the crucial importance of style and culture and of the constant need to inform and communicate. Nobody tells them that confusion and frustration of the kind you describe will demotivate staff, scar a company's reputation, lead to loss of performance and - ultimately and inevitably - to loss of profit. …

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