The Work-Out program was a way to
reduce bureaucracy and give every
employee, from managers to factory workers, an opportunity to influence and
improve GE's day-to-day
Ultimately, the goal of the
Work-Out program was to "clean up" GE, to
make workers more productive and
simpler and more clear-cut. Work-Out was also designed to reduce, and
ultimately eliminate all of the
and energy that large organizations typically expend in performing
In Jack Welch's words, Work-Out is meant to help
people stop "wrestling with the boundaries, the absurdities that grow in
large organizations. We're all familiar with those absurdities: too many
approvals, duplication, pomposity, waste."
4 Major Goals
of the GE Work-Out
Encouraging employees to speak out critically inside the company
about GE and the way they perform their jobs without negative
consequences to their careers.
Capitalizing on employees' knowledge and their unique perspective
through granting them more power in exchange for expecting them to
take more responsibility for their jobs.
Eliminate Unnecessary Work
work smarter, not harder.
Create a New
Paradigm for GE
Letting GE employees define and create a
boundaryless organization in which the entire workforce works
toward common goals. Encouraging employees to identify
come up with