Month after month, survival is a big question for many small organizations. Only way to break this vicious cycle is to nurture a culture where employees take responsibility for getting themselves engaged. There are times when projects are scarce, and in difficult economic turmoils, resources may have to sit idle. There may not be stringent systems in small organizations to engage its idle population due to non-affordability. My opinion is that most of the organizations assume that work will be adversely affected if it is not supervised. Key to break the vicious cycle of financial constraints is to shatter this particular assumption. A culture which constantly reminds its employees about their worth in the organization is the need of the hour in small organizations. Such a culture will make the employees to do introspections frequently in terms of their contribution to the organizational growth. Contributing through projects is not the only way to contribute to organizational growth. Of course, management will clarify other available avenues. However, it will be the employees themselves, who will be better informed to take a decision on the avenues where they can contribute when they are not in projects. Such contributions will be beneficial only if at least a long term revenue outcome can be foreseen. Thus, it’s the management’s responsibility to give the green signal based upon the feasibility of the plan.
Ideally, employees in small organizations should know, in financial terms, their contribution to the company's revenues. In this sense, smallest business unit should be the employee itself. Employee should be in a position to understand whether they are profitable or not. Organization should devise low-cost and simple systems, which will reflect each employee’s profitability. Such systems will act as feedback mechanisms, control devices and all the more filtering mechanisms, which will create a constant push for the employees to engage themselves. This will make them desperate to learn new technologies to stay engaged. Management just needs to facilitate the entire process.