British “Management Today” takes a look at the French Corporate Liberation

Mgmt Today logoEMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT: THE FRENCH WAY

ISAAC GETZ’S PHILOSOPHY OF ‘CORPORATE LIBERATION’ HAS TAKEN FRANCE BY STORM, BUT CAN YOUR EGO HANDLE IT?

by Adam Gale,  24 Jan 2017

 

I know, I know. ‘Employee engagement’ and ‘France’ go together about as well as a glass of 1986 Château Margaux and a KFC bargain bucket. This is the land of the 35-hour week and the out-of-hours email ban, of rampant strikes and kidnapped bosses. Of course the French don’t like work.

Indeed, in Gallup’s annual State of the Global Workplace report, typically only 9% of French employees are found to be engaged – that is, they actually look forward to coming into work every morning. That’s barely half the proportion found in the UK (17% – not that this is a figure for us to be especially proud of).

Across the channel, however, the whiff of revolution is in the air. Organisations as diverse as Michelin, Airbus, Decathlon and the Belgian Ministry of Social Security are rising up in a movement known as ‘corporate liberation’.

The gist is simple: take power away from micromanaging bosses, and give the workers freedom.

Read more here.

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