Cooperation and collectivity are key elements in a more democratic workplace, says study
In order to guarantee a working environment that is more democratic and adapted to global challenges, companies need to make strategic changes to their human resources management. This is argued in a paper by Renato Souza, a researcher at Fundação Getulio Vargas’ Sao Paulo School of Business Administration (FGV EAESP), published in the Scandinavian Journal of Management.
Current practices, which take into account centralized leadership and personal performance evaluations, for example, contribute to individualism and prevent more collaborative achievements. To get around this, it is necessary to rethink how organizational practices are designed and implemented, prioritizing mechanisms that generate more cooperation and collectivity between the organization and its members.
In his study, the author analyzes the human resources management practices currently used in the corporate world and their impact on the development of a more participatory and sustainable environment, as well as suggesting strategies for adjusting policies to the internal and external needs of companies.
According to Souza, the corporate world is complex, uncertain and dynamic, and more collaborative and collective HR management practices are essential to keep up with major global transformations, such as inequality and climate change, in a sustainable and democratic way, thereby furthering the common good. Thus, rethinking leadership as a collaborative process among an organization’s members is one of the main strategies to help achieve these goals, involving employees directly in decision-making processes and the establishment of joint objectives, for example.
Furthermore, in order to promote the common good, employee management and performance evaluation systems must consider not only each individual’s characteristics and behaviors but also the mutual support provided by each member of the organization, collaborative relationships, teamwork and the development of collective and shared goals. One example is the pay gap between men and women – a challenge that concerns the common good and that can be thought about in line with more cooperative objectives and perspectives in the workplace, the author writes.