Creating a Culture of Employee Ownership
How organizations encourage employees to take ownership for their work.
Many organizations have successfully built a culture of ownership in the workplace. Creating a sense of ownership in employees can significantly improve their job performance and job satisfaction. When employees feel like they have a stake in the company, they become more invested in their work and are more likely to take responsibility for their actions. Two organizations specifically stand out:
NASA employees have an inspiring legend that showcases how they have been able to foster a sense of ownership in employees throughout the organization. In 1962, President Kennedy visited NASA. During a tour of the facility he asked a janitor what he was working on. To which the man replied, "I'm helping put a man on the moon."
Pixar also does this beautifully. Their message to all employees regardless of their position is simple - "You're a filmmaker now." They foster a collaborative team environment where each individual can feel ownership for the work that they do.
So how do we create a culture of ownership, responsibility, and accountability?
Involve employees in the decision making process - encourage and accept their input.
Invest in employees - provide training and development opportunities where they can gain the necessary skills to help them feel confident and capable in their role.
Reward creative thinking and success - celebrating victories can have a powerful impact.
Destigmatize fear of taking action - if employees are afraid to take ownership (because they would be penalized if they fail), they are discouraged from taking on responsibility.
Share with them their impact - let them know how their work impacts the business and share messages that their input matters.