I don't see this as a bad thing (assuming of course we're all getting fair compensation for what we're doing) and in fact, I've seen growth and development in myself and colleagues as we've extended ourselves beyond what we think we can do, and a lot of personal development has come out of it.
Myself, for example, I've taken on the role of amping up our social media. At the start, I was finding it tedious, but now I'm seeing the rewards, and noticing that I do have a certain flair for networking. Definitely a skill I should pursue.
Likewise my business manager Josephine started doing some basic contacting of organisations for some random services we were offering, just to help free up my time, and out of that was born our nursing homes programs! She's found a love in providing music services to the aged care sector.
This image is one that I love (thanks Uncle Tommy!) and it's one the I plan to regularly ask my employees and discuss with them - are you happy and satisfied with your conditions?
I've been truly blessed to have Josephine with me - she's compassionate, meticulous and challenges me in a positive and constructive way. I've tried my best to create a safe and transparent workplace, including her in decisions and seeking her thoughts along the way.
When I sent her what I'd written on 'Workplace Culture' she replied with this:
"I think we do have an environment that encourages collaborative thinking and problem solving, and not just within the designated roles, which is one of the things I really love about working here. I think that's an advantage of small business too, the excitement of helping to build something from the grass roots level, where everyone can pitch in and help."
She also stated some areas for improvement, saying that she needed more support in interviewing and recruiting teachers, mostly in the way of technology, as currently we have other people doing interviewing. I made a note to make sure we get her a webcam and speakers when i return to Melbourne so she can take on that role fully and with ease.
I'll be posting what I've written on workplace culture on our Linkedin in a few weeks - still in the process of fine-tuning what I've written. But here's a little taster in the meantime.
MGen's Key Workplace Values
- Collaborative dreaming
- Promoting leadership
- Keeping it community / grassroots
- Engagement, Awareness and Feedback
A member of staff will perform best always when they feel supported and valued. It's an employers job to make sure their employees have their professional needs met, whether that be emotionally, financially, environmentally etc.
I aim to create a safe, collaborative, non-hierarchal workspace. While roles are defined and members of staff have set goals and tasks for themselves, there is comfortability to contribute and support each other where needed even if outside predetermined roles.