Not Happy At Your Job? Your Company is Paying For It In Innovation Potential

June 13, 2013

My friend, author, Srikumar Rao, has been saying this for years, including in his book Happiness at Work.

The biggest, single factor inhibiting innovation, says Rao, is fear of the consequences. Thus a human resources manager will not engage a new trainer with an unusual approach because anything new is going to be disruptive to some degree. And if senior managers do not like the change and/or will not wait to see the benefits, his or her evaluation could suffer. It’s better to be safe , follow precedent, and go with what has been established as the norm.

Such timidity and hesitation has real consequences in business.

 

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