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Is being in the middle perfect?
Dinesh Kumaran, director-HR, Aspire Systems
In any organisation, it is essential to keep up the morale of the employees, and therefore address the elements that need to be in place, in order to become a great place to work. This is especially true for mid-sized companies.
A sense of ownership and belonging to the workplace is created, as the structure of a mid-sized company fosters good camaraderie and an extremely close knit work environment. Being part of smaller teams makes people more visible and imparts to them a higher level of responsibility, which in turn enables excellent learning and exposure. The expectation is always to learn on the job which at first can be challenging but over a period of time, it increases one’s skill level and also the confidence to learn anything. People at the senior level directly see the tangible impact of their decisions and contributions to the business. In general, working in smaller teams provides a sense of satisfaction and people see their work as more meaningful and influential, because they are close to the action.
Being mid-sized brings an element of flexibility to the workplace, and provides room for innovation; it also helps in creating a positive work culture, where the employees and management team are always open to trying new ways of doing things, and are constantly on the lookout for ideas and initiatives to grow. People at all levels are easily accessible; in addition, career development opportunities and mentoring experiences are great in a smaller set up. One can seek excellent support from peers and managers who would be more than willing to spend time with team members, in order to encourage their growth. Information and knowledge sharing through mutual learning is highly encouraged; this enables respect, and employees compete amongst themselves to acquire the knowledge that is required to succeed. It also results in increased recognition for a job well done, as there is greater visibility of everyone’s contributions.
Mid-sized firms have greater scope for flexibility which results in finding an optimal solution that is not bound by rigid structures and policies. The communication channels are open and the access and approachability of the leadership team, HR or the managers is always a big plus. It also eases out the grievance handling process and is very easy to pull people for a direct one on one conversation and provide a platform where they discuss the issue on hand and resolve it rather than a complicated bureaucratic approach. It default brings the importance of working together and building the right team spirit which lays more emphasis on being collaborative.
Being mid-sized provides excellent opportunities for people to stay close to each other, listen to each other; organisations also can use this to build the right culture and therefore, the right teams for growth.
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