Why is President, Alan Stein, speaking out about business and workforce development?
“Over the years, as Tanglewood has grown, the organizational structure of our team has not always kept up with our growth. If you’ve ever started or owned a company, you might recognize these growth signs…
Our bookkeeper… jumped in to take on HR… then safety… not because it was her job, but because she was there!” This haphazard approach to organizational planning held us back until we started to use a ‘Clean Sheet’ approach to building THE RIGHT team for our business.
It has allowed us to build many more beautiful, light-filled conservatories for the people we serve!”
Alan recently spoke at the 2019 Manufacturing Innovation Conference with Steve Lantz of MD MEP on a ‘Clean Sheet’ approach to organizational development.
According to Steve, “as companies grow, they are often not positioned to support the long term growth of the organization. Throughout the growth process, different maturity points require an evaluation of the organization, the positions within the organization and the people and talent required to fill those roles.” Alan spoke about how Tanglewood used the “Clean Sheet” process to identify the positions and tasks required to support the organization moving forward.
He also spoke about how it’s important to ensure that employees are happy to fill in these new roles that are naturally created and aren’t forced into them without having a say. If you need a member of your team to move from HR to safety then ask if they will be content and motivated in the new role and would prefer to be there rather than their old role. These are important questions to ask employees to ensure the business continues to do well and have a good retention rate.
We are excited about the opportunities for our clients and team members as we continue to grow! We have some great projects coming up. See what else is happening within Tanglewood!