June 3, 2011 / 4:12 PM / 8 years ago

Management Tip of the Day: Spare us the reorganization misery

Employees hold a meeting under a passion fruit leaves grown inside an office of Pasona Group, an employment and staffing company, during a photo opportunity in Tokyo October 20, 2010. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

BOSTON (Reuters Life!) - There are ways to make your unit’s reorganization successful without the layer of bewildering complexity and motivation-draining dysfunction, says Harvard Business Review.

The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org (www.hbr.org). Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

“In response to less than stellar results, many managers overhaul the team, unit, or organization. While reorgs give the appearance of action, they often create unnecessary complexity and dysfunction.

Here are three ways to make your organization work the way it is:

1. Analyze the current structure. Ask yourself whether the problem is structure or how you’re managing it. Most organizations work if leaders set the right goals, hold people accountable, and streamline processes.

2. Don’t compensate for personalities. Don’t design an organization around personalities. Instead of accommodating people, help them do the jobs they are slated to do.

3. Align structure with strategy. Many leaders allow strategies to evolve without doing the same for the structure of their organizations. Don’t hang on to an arrangement just because it worked in the past. Be willing to change when it’s required.”

-Today’s management tip was adapted from “Solving the Rubik’s Cube of Organizational Structure” by Ron Ashkenas.

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