60 ways to workplace alignment

Paul Simon had 50 ways to leave your lover, but here are 60 ways to achieve a workplace aligned to excellence in communication, accountability, collaboration, coordination, responsibility, and sharing of authority–the core drivers of job satisfaction, morale and employee engagement.

Authority means:

  1. Creating role clarity;
  2. Sharing power with others;
  3. Contributing to planning and goal-setting;
  4. Power to make independent decisions;
  5. Having the freedom to take reasonable risks;
  6. Power to muster resources as needed;
  7. Creation of clear expectations;
  8. Creation and preservation of trust;
  9. Ability to offer both rewards and penalties;
  10. Asking for help without feeling “weak.”

Accountability means

  1. Clear measurements of success;
  2. Regular reporting back on progress;
  3. Self-awareness of knowledge, skills, and abilities;
  4. Clarity of roles;
  5. Quick consequences for poor performance;
  6. Realistic expectations;
  7. Budgets that are efficient and effective;
  8. Clear rationale for decision-making;
  9. Transparency and open scrutiny;
  10. Wide-ranging input into decision-making.

Responsibility means

  1. Quickly telling those who need to know;
  2. Knowing your gaps in knowledge and abilities;
  3. Early identification and resolution of conflicts;
  4. Knowing precisely what workplace expectations are;
  5. Practicing fairness in all relationships;
  6. Letting others know if you can’t do the job;
  7. Ensuring others know what you expect of them;
  8. Getting the training you need;
  9. Knowing how your job fits into bigger goals;
  10. Knowing when, where and whom to ask for help.

Communication means

  1. Ongoing, not ad hoc efforts;
  2. Making sure messages are timely;
  3. Ensuring content is helpful;
  4. Ensuring common understanding;
  5. Being respectful;
  6. Being inclusive;
  7. Avoiding “gate-keepers;”
  8. Being relevant;
  9. Being honest;
  10. Asking for others’ opinions.

Collaboration means

  1. Mutual trust;
  2. Sharing of power;
  3. Informing and educating others;
  4. Early identification and resolution of conflict;
  5. A respect for the values of others;
  6. Creating networks, not silos of activity;
  7. Ongoing communications;
  8. Common goals and objectives;
  9. Freedom to challenge assumptions;
  10. Being ethical in all actions.

Coordination means

  1. Others know what you are doing;
  2. Knowing what others are doing;
  3. Helping those most in need;
  4. Respecting the feelings of others;
  5. Trusting others;
  6. Listening carefully to others;
  7. Sharing a common purpose;
  8. Sharing a common vision;
  9. Knowing each others’ strengths;
  10. Constant communication.

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