A growing number of companies are recognizing that they don’t always know what their roles are.
And they’re asking employees to ask questions and be honest about their role.
The results are striking: People who are aware of their roles have a better work experience.
The same is true for senior executives.
“A lot of the time we are talking about roles as if it is a zero-sum game,” says Robert Hausman, CEO of Hausmann Consulting.
“It is a game between you and your manager and it’s a zero sum game for everyone else.”
Hausmans firm has a research team that evaluates a variety of roles and finds that managers who are honest about how they operate are more effective.
“If you are not careful about what you say, if you are doing something wrong and you are saying it without being accountable for it, you are going to be in a position where you may get hurt,” he says.
In addition, Hausmen says that companies need to do more to understand their roles and how they interact with employees.
“When you are trying to build an organization, you have to have a clear understanding of what you are building, what your roles are and what you’re not doing.
You have to be able to articulate that in an effective way.
It’s important for us to be honest with ourselves, because we don’t want to be like those guys in the office.”