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Organizational Structure: Outputs vs. Inputs

Acorns
January 31, 2023

Outputs always win ;)

In the modern work environment, it's essential to move away from a traditional "Inputs" based culture and adopt a more results-oriented "Outputs" based approach. The focus should be on the quality of work, not the quantity of time and effort.

In a remote work environment, shifting the focus toward results is even more crucial. Clocking in and out, counting hours, and simply appearing busy are no longer reliable indicators of success, nor are they always the best way of measuring value.

An "Outputs" based culture measures success by the work results, not the inputs like hours worked or meetings attended. This shift in focus has several benefits:

Increased productivity & organizational alignment

Team members are more likely to prioritize tasks based on their impact and make the most of their time.


Better work-life balance

Team members can manage their time and work when they are most productive, leading to a happier and more fulfilled workforce.

Enhanced creativity and innovation

Without the pressure to simply appear busy, team members have the space to think creatively and come up with innovative solutions to problems.

It's important to note that trust plays a critical role in an unsupervised output-driven culture. Teams must trust that each member is working towards the common goal and that the focus on results accurately reflects their contributions. This trust fosters a genuinely cohesive and symbiotic environment.

Ultimately, an "Outputs" based culture offers many benefits and should be the standard in the modern work environment. The focus on results, combined with trust and cooperation, leads to a more productive, creative, and fulfilling workplace.

For those interested in exploring this topic more, here are some articles and resources that will be helpful in grasping what the future of work will look like:

Trust Matters – BCG & St Gallen Symposium

Are Remote Workers More Productive Than In-Office Workers? - Forbes

The Results Based Management Handbook – United Nations Development Group

oakpool is, always has been, and always will be a 100% remote outputs-driven organization with a strong emphasis on trust, transparency, and autonomy. If you’re interested in joining the team or working on a project with us – don’t hesitate to reach out.

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