Unleashing the Entrepreneur in Every Employee

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Saturday Shoutout!!! Unleashing the Entrepreneur in Every Employee

Issue 4 | Number 3 | 27 April 2013

Thanks to Vege Galovski for this valuable employee engagement post.  In many industrial work settings, employees are simply viewed as cogs in a machine, i.e. cost of goods sold. It’s a longstanding tradition that dates back to Frederick Taylor and Henry Ford. But that perception sells people short. And it does a disservice to employers and employees alike.

Many people in the factory had successful businesses on the side. They knew how to cut costs and save money in their personal lives. Many found a way to put their kids through college on $10 per hour. They knew how to establish a budget. Some were leaders in their community. Further, they knew the factory so well that they could tell well before final inspection if something was not quite right. There was no rational reason why they couldn’t help run the business and profit from the improvements.

The challenge was to create an environment where the employees didn’t check their brain at the door.

Unleashing the Entrepreneur in Every Employee.

About the Author. To fulfil his professional and personal career aspirations, Tony Wiggins created ‘The HR Architect’ brand in 2009.  With a well-grounded focus and passion for HR, he thrives on working across his networks as a thought leader in ‘making a difference’ in the HR arena.

Tony Wiggins is the Founder and UX Editor of Saturday Shoutout!!! and The HR Architect Spends 5 Minutes with ….Tony utilises the blog ‘The HR Architect’ as a social media network and platform that empowers HR professionals to network, assist and support one another, spanning different countries, subcultures and niches.  Contact Tony at basketa@optusnet.com.au or @tonywiggin on Twitter.

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