Is it time for a revolution in the workplace? Do we need a boss to tell us what to do? Or would we be better of working in “flat organisations”, with decisions taken by self-managing teams without a management hierarchy?
Supporters argue that more autonomous workers are more fulfilled, more likely to show initiative, and hence more productive. Flat organisations, they believe, are more responsive and flexible, able to innovate quickly and change direction if things aren’t working.
Critics, however, argue that horizontal organisations do, in fact, have hierarchies but ones that are invisible and unaccountable, based on personal influence and popularity instead of merit.
Do you need to be told what to do at work? Would you be interested in working in a “flat organisation”? Or would it just mean endless meetings and a frustrating lack of decision-making? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions?
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