OBM – creating a workplace where ideas are heard, valued and encouraged
I’m privileged to work with a group of businesses where people come to work every day energised and ready to contribute not only to the success of the business, but to developing themselves and the rest of the team. Sharing a work space of five companies, the common thread that makes our space unique is the open book management principles each of these businesses practices. Over the next month I’ll be sharing some of the experiences of my colleagues across accounting, financial planning, and software and IT consulting – stories of how the Great Game of Business and OBM principles are changing the way we think about work.
Various aspects of life make us stand back and reflect on the world around us. For me, what a client said on visiting our office made me reflect on our workplace environment at O’Connells OBM. This particular client said “you’ve got something different happening here – you can tell when you walk in”. He was exactly right, we do have something different happening here. And this something different has a positive impact of the lives of every individual working within our company. Our something different is Open Book Management (OBM). This management strategy enables every employee – not just the owners – to have a say in the day to day operations of our company. It creates a workplace where ideas are encouraged and valued.
You won’t find closed office doors or people tight lipped about how they feel here. Rather we have systems built into our daily operations, including a communal suggestion document and daily huddles, making everyone’s word fell appreciated. OBM truly makes our office environment one that each and every one of us enjoys working in and are proud of.
Jess shares more with us below (watch time -1:40):