In my experience, "Workstyle" was the first to isolate and attempt to define this broad, seemingly amorphous, multidisciplinary phenomenon. I think there are certain prerequisites, however, to a successful "workstyle" organization.

First, the employer must be sincere, nonexploitative, and sensitive to the quality of labor employed. High-quality people are motivated by higher-order needs and values; it's the employer's job to provide the platform to build those goals. Second, the employees must recognize the value of such an environment and seek gratification through productivity (followed by suitable reward). Finally, the chief executive officer must implement both a clear presentation of the workstyle "contract" and also an uncompromising defense against erosion of values or productivity.

Published on: Mar 1, 1986