If you’ve ever worked on a team that has combined the strengths of the individuals in its ranks to reach a solution that no one member could have come up with themselves, you’ll know that sometimes different methods of problem-solving can be used in a synergistic way to change the way we view reality.
Why Egalitarianism Works
It’s just one of the reasons that America as a country has such a strong forward step in business ingenuity: from Benjamin Franklin to Barack Obama, for centuries, the United States has encouraged citizens from all walks of life to come up with ideas, offering fame and fortune to those whose best solutions can be applied to the world stage if their timing is right. As a country that has produced both the airplane and the automobile, the US has always transported people on a fast track to the future by using common sense ingenuity as its engine. It’s why improving employee engagement often begins with making employees feel valued as potentially successful workers.
Ingenuity on the World Stage
Increasingly, however, countries like the US are understanding that this isn’t due to some special ingredient in a nation’s water supply, but increasingly due to an appeal to the egalitarian strength and ingenuity of great minds the world over. With positive reinforcement for good ideas, the thinking goes, citizens all over the world should be able to have an equal chance at success if their ideas are sound and their work is honest. Take an engagement survey of any good business, and you’ll see that one of the primary focuses of employee happiness is the feeling that all workers are equal and stand an equal chance at success.
And as the world becomes more interconnected with technological advances that increasingly make the personal both the public and the political — with recent freedom movements in countries like Iran and Egypt powered by American technological breakthroughs in communication such as Twitter and Facebook — many professionals are wondering what the future of recruitment will look like.
Employees as World-Wide Equals and Partners in Business
Indeed, if you haven’t seen the turning tides in the international culture of business, it’s truly astounding to see the way that cultures can meet at a point of interest to solve some of the biggest problems the world over. Educational departments such as Yale’s doctorate program in Economics, for example, which has a reputation for producing tomorrow’s great thinkers on finance, have students who are often drawn from universities from countries as different as China and Pakistan — with a world sensibility largely overtaking the sort of old-boy networks of American business that had their hey-day in the early 20th Century.
Job Satisfaction: Why Employees Should Know They Matter
The fact is that when employee satisfaction is high, companies simply run better. And when employees know that equality is paramount in an organization, they know that they have a better chance of succeeding if they work harder and smarter.
And fortunately, this shift is coming at a time when we’re seeing an ever greater need for top-tier talent from around the world. Think of it as a kind of global melting-pot that brings out the best of what different perspectives can offer. And also think of it as a way for employers to hire from the ranks of world-class workers who specialize in the kind of technological and ideological advances that make companies great. But most of all, think of it as a fulfilment of the promise that as human beings we are all equal, and all deserve an equal chance to pursue careers that make us happy.