From Bees To The Company: A Virtuous Example Of Winning Teams


In the previous article we have introduced the theme of bees: a winning model of a healthy organization that cares about well-being and productivity, a fitting metaphor of corporate organizational life in which you feel good and achieve optimal levels of performance.

As an in-depth analysis we have proposed three topics on which we have been working for some time through our Ritmo consultancy:

  • organization and division of roles
  • communication and knowledge of processes
  • business climate and team development

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Always starting from people and organizations, we think about three other issues that fall within the sphere of human resources, which are also analyzed and evaluated by our specialist consultancy:

  1. leadership and development of people;
  2. training and professional preparation;
  3. well-being, performance and potential.

The elements of commonality, which allowed us to see bees from a business perspective, are really interesting:

1. From bees to the guidance and development of people

Teamwork in what we might call “hive organization” is very important.

It’s the first thing that characterizes a solid organization and, to reinforce this collaborative behavior, there is a need for clear and shared objectives , aimed at improvement. and to the well-being (not only of the individual, but of the entire colony). Success comes from the constant cooperation and support of all members of the hive.

In the company, this component requires particular attention to human wealth and complexity and to the huge contribution that produces an efficient and effective guidance of people in the name of development, professional and not.

Countless studies have then highlighted the most significant characteristics of their social organization and the conservation mechanisms of the environment inside the nest, in the face of external variations.

2. From bees to training and professional preparation

Within organizations, as in hives, everyone has their own specific task to perform.

There is a division of labor and in particular the tasks to be performed are assigned based on experience. All bees start with simple jobs and as they grow they go to specialize in a role. Like bees, people within the organization also have different values, skills and experiences: this is a real asset as effective work groups are made up of people who have different skills and abilities. Once goals and expectations are clear, to reduce conflicts all members need to know their role and what is expected of them.

That is why it is important in organizations today to provide opportunities for individual growth and development and to enable people to take on more challenging and inspiring jobs.
Promoting, teaching new skills, enabling growth, developing talent and taking on ever greater responsibility creates well-being and involvement.

3. Wellbeing, performance and potential

In organizations, an important predictor of success or failure is the readiness for change and the ability to cope with critical moments, which inevitably can occur. In the hive, each bee is naturally predisposed to foresee the unexpected and ride the change.

If the queen bee suddenly dies the entire colony falls temporarily into chaos (she’s upset!), but acts quickly to breed a new one. The solutions to the problem can be different:

  • the larvae most recently deposited by the queen are sought and housed in “queen cells”;
  • worker bees, typically sterile due to the pheromones emanating from the queen bee, become fertile and lay eggs;
  • The roles are divided between swarm bees, which carry the honey produced, and explorer bees, which search for a good place to move creating a migratory swarm that goes in search of a new queen by reproducing colonies elsewhere.

In an organization the ability to cope with critical moments and change through the search for new markets can be the formula for success. The worst-case scenario after the death of a queen bee is that worker bees fail to raise a new queen. A colony without a queen cannot survive for an extended period. The absence of a queen bee affects the behavior of worker bees, making them agitated or aggressive. They therefore need guidance, otherwise the hive is doomed to disappear.

Here ends our journey of comparison between bees and human beings in the company, but the path continues to lead you to discover Ritmo, the method that achieves organizational well-being in just 3 steps and boosts the success of your business .

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