(acronym for May I Help You)
An organization development tool: P. Anil Prasad
MIHU is an organization development tool I tried to experiment in my previous organization to strengthen the work culture of helping each other.
The proposed game plan was the following
1. Anyone who has time to support colleagues in their work on a particular day may send a group mail to the team with the subject “MIHU”
2. In the message body the sender notes 'from what time to what time' the sender can spare time.
3. On some days, individuals may feel increased interest on certain areas/topics. If so, the sender can specify special interest as well. (Even when our vacations are spoiled by some other reasons, we will be able to use this creative opportunity to maintain positive spirit)
4. If we are out of station/office and the offered help would be online, then the sender can specify it as well.
5. Support can also be offered in a flexitime mode, i.e, in an extended time frame wherein the sender will be fulfilling the help request.
6. The sender shall not have any procedural/legal obligation over the support provided. Everything will be informal and friendly. THE ONLY GOLDEN RULE WILL BE HONESTY.
7. Those need support can respond to the MIHU offer and take support
The most interesting thing about this tool is that against the normal way of seeking support, here we offer support. Thus those who need support are freed from the concerns of likings, workload etc of the colleagues while asking for a help. May not be suitable for all organizations. Similarly game plans may also have to be modified depending on organizational environment. Perhaps, it can be used in social media as well.
Friends, please try out and share your experiences. You can also develop and share modified versions of MIHU. Some of you might have already attempted similar initiatives. Please share it as well.