7 Tips for Simplifying Work Environments

by Lisa Bodell for Training Journal

Seedling from CementOrganizations where simplification is baked into the culture have a distinct advantage over the competition. According to the Siegel+Gale Simplicity Index, employees in simplified work environments are 30% more likely to stay in their jobs because their time is spent on high-value work instead of endless meetings, reports and emails. This translates into lower employee turnover, which means less time and money spent on recruiting.

These quick wins do not require daylong seminars—just a desire to reduce complexity and a willingness to experiment with new habits. General Electric and Accenture use several of these and the techniques can be shared by L&D with employees at the managerial level, who will ideally introduce these approaches to their teams:

1. Encourage an ethos of E.O.S. (Eliminate, Outsource, Streamline):
For every complexity you attack, use the following three actions as a guide. Can the problem be eliminated? Can it be outsourced without costing more? If it can’t be eliminated or outsourced, can it be streamlined into fewer steps or layers? And speaking of layers…

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