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CareersArbitrary decision making – which involves a few senior professionals having the final say in every matter – characterises Pakistan’s corporate world. What most supervisors fail to appreciate is that by opting for an inclusive decision making culture – whereby employees at every hierarchical level have the authority to make decisions and recommend improvements – they will benefit from a highly engaged and productive workforce.

Here are a few reasons why you should foster an inclusive decision making workplace culture:

  1. Saves time. For smooth organisational functioning, a host of decisions need to be made, ranging from ordering stationery to hiring new employees. If you are the signing authority for everything, you will be so caught up in day-to-day issues that you will have no time for strategic thinking. To avoid this, prioritise decisions according to financial accountability, duration and the extent of their impact on the organisation, and delegate the less important decisions to your subordinates. This will give you the time and ability to take initiatives and respond quickly to changing business dynamics.
  1. Promotes innovation. When you encourage collaboration between people from myriad disciplines, each with a distinct skill set, in decision-making, you increase the probability of devising groundbreaking and innovative initiatives and business solutions. Keep your ear to the ground and encourage employees – particularly your sales force and floor supervisors (two critical elements in any manufacturing concern) – to share their insights on improving productivity and streamlining operations.
  1. Creates a sense of ownership. If you give each employee a say in decisions relevant to their domain, they will assume responsibility for making and implementing them, as well as dealing with the consequences. Furthermore, because they are part of the decision making process, they will not resist implementing new policies; instead, they will put their heart and soul to ensure their successful execution.

– Sahr Nadeem Tariq
The writer is a project coordinator at a multinational company. sahrnadeem@gmail.com

First published in the Careers Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on November 23, 2014.