Many organisations have identified the benefits of a flatter structure and are working towards devolving decision making and improving team working, but the desire for flatter structures gives rise to the need for management training in a number of key areas.
The more autocratic, command and control style of management that flourished in the taller structured organisation is forced to give way to a much more democratic style, where the team and individuals are held responsible for decisions which they make for themselves. Those managers who fail to accept the need to change, struggle as they try to maintain close control over workloads, leading to high levels of stress and, ultimately, loss of efficiency and productivity. Mangers often need help in adopting the management style that suits the situation and the much desired flatter structure.
Something that many managers find difficult, as the structure changes, is letting go and allowing others to make decisions. Delegation of responsibilities and empowerment of teams to achieve maximum performance, are essentials of success within a flatter organisational structure. Unfortunately managers are often fearful of not being needed, their staff becoming as good as they are (or worse still, better!), and ultimately, loosing their jobs. Learning to delegate effectively and empower the people around you is crucial to your success as a manager and the success of the organisation in which you work.
Just one final thought. It’s a fact that more managers lose their jobs because they fail to adapt and change, than ever lost their jobs because they developed and empowered the people around them.
By John Freshney | Righttrack’s Operations Manager