Challenge: freedom versus pressure
We are an IT consultancy firm trying to work a-typical in the branch. We do not focus on personal utilisation (as a matter of fact, non of our consultants now their utilisation). We give the colleagues the freedom to work wherever, whenever to fit their own personal live balance. We do not have managerial layers and use self-steering for everybody. And most important, we all live by our core values; having FUN, making IMPACT and being a GUIDE and our vision #doingcoolstuffwithcoolpeople.
Result is that we have grown a well organised team of 32 unique individuals that are almost as close at family, a nice mixture of young graduates (hire personality, train skills) and more seasoned people.
So here is the challenge...
Corona hit us hard, as we are so close, working away from each-other has had a big impact on the team not being able to see each-other physically. Luckily we are seeing the whole team tomorrow for the first time during a fun event.
We have at this moment 3 people (so almost 10% of the company) at home with symptom of a burn out. That is really to much and we are going to have a dialog with the team what we have to do different (both the organisation as well as the individuals).
I would love to give the people even more freedom (no holidays, take time of when you need it, or even a 4 day work week etc.) but I am scared if the team can take this freedom. Are they not going to overcompensate and have an even bigger change of running into a brick wall.
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