A different perspective about organizational policies

April 30, 2012 at 8:32 am | Posted in Blogroll, Organizational Excellence, Practice Excellence, Real-life experiences | 2 Comments

Recently I read an article “The government is not above the rule of law” by Gurucharan Das in The Times of India. Mr. Das was CEO of Procter & Gamble India and later Managing Director, Procter & Gamble Worldwide (Strategic Planning). Now he is a full time writer.

A few sentences from the article attracted my attention. I realized that if a few terms are replaced as applicable in the context of an organization instead of the country, it provides an interesting perspective about the organizational policies. Here is how,

Original from the article: Citizens look to the state to reduce uncertainty in their lives. The state does this through a robust set of laws. The rule of law is based on a moral consensus, expressed daily in the ‘habits of the heart’. People obey the law not only because they fear the punishment but because they think it is fair and it becomes a habit and a form of self-restraint.

After replacement: Employees look to the management to reduce uncertainty in their lives. The management does this through a robust set of policies. These policies are based on a moral consensus, expressed daily in the ‘habits of the heart’. Employees adhere to the policies not only because they fear the punishment but because they think it is fair and it becomes a habit and a form of self-restraint.

See if it makes sense.

 

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  1. I have little different views. Policies, (however robust they are) alone can not reduce employees’ uncertanities. Organization’s growth, revenues and the success in the market place + Employee Individual growth play key roles. Not all the policies are made out of ‘moral consensus’; but are out of business interests.

  2. Unless management walks the talk however good policy is employee trust will not be developed and policy will remain only piece of paper.


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