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Which old-school business practice would you want to bring back into the work place?


Vintage maybe in vogue, but does it have a place in the workplace?

April 15, 2013 2:23 by

A welcomed departure from the craze of chasing after the next best thing, The Harvard Business Review posted an interesting piece about bringing back some of the old-school business practises into the modern-day workplace. The columnist listed dressing well to increase professional success on top of the list. While we aren’t quite as fond of the idea of turning into Don Draper every morning, there were other items on HBR’s list that struck our fancy: making meetings distraction-free (yay for no smartphone alerts) and increasing lunch time. Being punctual is another gem of the business ethic of the yester-years that deserves a place in the modern day work place, especially in Dubai.

We got thinking about what we would like to add to the list and here are our top three business ethos we would like to revive.


No more FOMO

FOMO otherwise known as ‘fear of missing out’ refers to an increasingly common worry workers have of being excluded from office events: the feeling of not being involved in major projects, in meetings or even in after-work socialising events.

The result? You feel crushed by a constant need to be switched on. You check your office email the first thing in the morning and the last thing before you go to bed. You never ever call in sick, even if you are on the coughing and sneezing up a storm. You work through your lunch break and only take vacation when HR forces you to.

If that describes you, you shouldn’t be alarmed, FOMO is a common symptom of our tiring modern day work culture, which is why Kipp would like to turn the clock back on this particular practice and go back to the days of when job security wasn’t just a fantasy. The days when taking a two-month vacation did not mean you were dispensable, but that you really earned a good break. The days when you could afford to take a day off from work if you were unwell because you did not live under constant fear that your colleagues will get passed over for a good project.


Corporate loyalty

There was a time when a resume which listed years upon years of employment with one employer was an indication of integrity, loyalty and stability. Now, it is more likely to be considered complacency and a sheer lack of ambition or drive. Kipp would rather go back to the days when growing with a company was rewarded and looked upon as an achievement. Sure, there are certain draw backs linked to getting into your comfort zone, but if you are putting in the hours, why shouldn’t the familiarity and loyalty you show to an organisation be considered anything other than positive?


Personal relationships with management

It is an unavoidable fact, the smaller a business is, the more intimate the relationship between management and employees tends to be. As more and more businesses went from family-run to corporate levels, real genuine relationships between the owner or CEO of the business with his staff seemed to ebb away too. When was the last time you had a real encounter with your CEO or MD? And no, those fleeting moments in the elevator do not count.



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