Yin Yang in the Enterprise: Philosophy of Balancing Employer & Employee Needs

Yin Yang in the Enterprise: Philosophy of Balancing Employer & Employee Needs

Too often enterprise IT solutions are viewed in black and white terms. If something brings value for the employer (easy to administer, inexpensive), it comes with a cost for the employee (hard to use, lack of functionality). On the other hand, if it’s good for the employee (accessible anywhere, cutting-edge technology) it involves risk for the employer (security risk, costly ramp up). We at Knowmail believe that both parties can be served through solutions that promote unity – a world where Yin and Yang come together, fusing into one.

A Past Perspective for Current Challenges

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus (535-475 BCE) expressed his belief in the unity of opposites (contrary qualities are two facets of the same thing). He believed that “sameness” between opposites is defined by the change from one complement to the other.[1] Interestingly, this complementary perspective was also posited by the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu in his “Daodejing,” and has been the focus of Chinese philosophical thought for centuries.

In the area of western thought however, Heraclitus’ viewpoint was rejected in favor of the contrarian perspective of his contemporary, Parmenides. As opposed to Heraclitus, Parmenides imposed a strict binary way to view the world: good and evil, up and down, black and white – all irreconcilable opposites.

What do Ancient Philosophers have to do with my emails?

At Knowmail, we feel that this binary framework can lead to a perspective that is blind to the power of unity. In creating a messaging assistant to help control email overload, and improve employee engagement, we’ve looked to restore balance to both sides of the employee (work and life). Just as importantly, we’ve strived to deliver value to both the employer & the employee and bring together the Yin and Yang of a successful business.

Knowmail is designed to satisfy the highest industrial security standards and scale, while delivering proactive tools and analytic features to help corporates address productivity issues quickly and efficiently. At the same time, it also considers an employee’s privacy a top priority and ensures no personal information can be acquired from the analytics system. Therefore, Knowmail serves corporate interests without becoming a “Big Brother”.

On the front end of Knowmail, employees enjoy an attractive, clean design and user-friendly setup that frees up time for their highest priorities. Simultaneously employers can boost overall business productivity without ripping and replacing existing email systems like Microsoft Exchange and Outlook.

Get started with an individual trial of Knowmail today and see how it can bring balance to your inbox, success to your business, and improve employee engagement!

[1] Graham, Daniel W., “Heraclitus”, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Summer 2011 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = <http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/sum2011/entries/heraclitus/>.

Oded Avital
Oded Avital

Oded Avital is Knowmail's co-founder and COO with over 20 years experience in sales, Biz Dev, product and operation management in corporate and startups.

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