Relevance of Organizational Grapevine
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 4:14:15 PM

Come spring and gardens are at their blooming best. Experienced gardeners make the best use of the time. They get busy in planting seeds, mulching, and watering plants and soil. Creating the best environment for plants’ growth also requires removing all weeds as well as other plants, which may seem attractive but prevent the growth of other plants.

Now if we consider an organization a garden, how can you ensure an everlasting spring in your corporate garden? Will you go for a corporate grapevine pesticide if it is available in the market?

Most of the organizations have a network (grapevine) of informal information and it generally grows on speculation and negative information. So, being a leader, you must have encountered several rumors coming from your team, organization, and department. You must have seen the turmoil created by these rumors. However, if you prune your grapevine on a regular basis, you can keep these rumors under control.

Here are some gardening tips that help maintain the health of your grapevine

Is your grapevine active? It may indicate boredom: When employees slip into boredom, they indulge in talking and building their own excitement. Grapevines are exciting and bored employees are their feeders. Strictly monitoring workloads, identifying when employees are underutilized, and taking immediate actions are some good measures to prevent an active grapevine.

The best grapevine fertilizer—Poor communication: Studies show that consistent and frequent communication with teammates lessens people’s dependence on the grapevine. Many managers tend to keep their teams in the dark when it comes to divulging important information, as they think that their teammates will ultimately get information from various sources. Such mentality feeds on the growth of grapevine, forcing employees to spend more time to find out the latest happenings in their organization and leaving a negative impact on their productivity.

In today’s time, when Millennials are joining the workforce, it is important to ensure the fast dissemination of important and accurate information, as this generation has grown up with information at their fingertips. So, when they are not intimated about important details, they mostly feel left out. And this is one of the main reasons that make Millennials job hoppers.

Grapevines: An alert to various burning issues: Managers and supervisors should lend a careful ear to all the concerns of their employees/teammates. Many forward-looking companies, therefore, hold discussions between senior management and employees on a regular basis. These discussions prove to be a great opportunity to share all important information and details as well as address all the misconceptions causing fear and concern. It also assists in building rapport with some specific employees who are familiar with various grapevine issues. They can help you know burning issues that are being discussed among employees.

Grapevines provide you insights into all employees’ characters: If you carefully target and monitor the employees feeding into the grapevine, you can easily understand how a grapevine works. Once you identify them, try not to trust these workers blindly and not to put them in the influencing position. Informing, inspiring, and engaging people on a daily basis is probably the best way to avert various grapevine issues. You should inform them about where the company is going and how their roles can help it reach there. Instill the passion for winning into them and inform them how their company can make a difference to the market. Also, you should understand their expectations from the company as well as from their roles.

It’s also important for you to define excellence in front of all employees so that they get a clear picture. Further, it will enable you to manage success while identifying those doing it wrong.

So, get ready to prune the organizational grapevine and lead your organization to realize its vision.