Small businesses with flat structures often suffer from this phenomenon. As a business gets bigger, it is impossible for one person to mange the entire team, nor is is feasible to introduce too may layers into the business.

When one person may be involved in multiple functions of a business, they may sometimes be required to ask or give an order to a fellow team member. This is often met with resistance in the cry of “You are not the boss of me, I only report to the owner”

And trouble ensues

And as the business owner, this is your problem

So how to address it?

Firstly, this is a common problem and it is also one that can be fixed by improving the communication within a business.

  • All employees must be clear about the direction of the business
  • All employees must be clear about their role within the business
  • All employees must be clear about the different inter-department relationships that may exist in any small company
  • All employees must understand that just because they are asked to perform a task by someone other than their line manager, that the other person is any different to them or superior to them.
  • All employees must be conscious of and open to the idea that they may be required to deviate from the norm at some point during their day or week.

Being flexible as an employee makes for a valuable employee because they understand that as part of the team, they may have to do something that they may not normally do.

Your job as owner or manager is to ingrain this culture into your daily and weekly function. This is best use of your time, rather than fire fighting and dealing with daily and weekly cat fights.

This is underpinned with a good employee handbook, a clear job description for all and a HR system that works.

If you would like to discuss your company structure, give me a call today on 087 222 0720

About the author,

Hi I’m Derek O’Dwyer. I have been an ActionCOACH for the last 18 years. I live in Clare and work with businesses around Ireland to take their business to the next level. I am passionate about business and providing help and advice. In the past 18 years I have worked with over 400 business owners helping them and their business. I adapt my coaching depending on what you and your business need. I find that each coaching relationship is different but as long as we understand that we have a common objective with timescales, positive things happen quickly. I am a firm believer i the concept of “what you can measure you can manage” and “what you measure you can improve”. Key performance indicators and accountability form the bedrock of my coaching platforms. If making more money from your business, working less hours in your business and having a great team running your business then it’s worth having a discussion with me. If you are willing to implement changes I will be there to help every step of the way. In terms of personal accolades and recognition I have been awarded ActionCOACH of the year in Ireland every year for the last ten years In 2019 I was inducted into the ActionCOACH Global Hall Of Fame I was global Rookie Coach of The Year in 2002 having achieved remarkable success as the first ActionCOACH in Europe. Many of my clients have also received awards from their peers for their business improvements.