Tuesday April 9, 2013, 7:52 am
As the old philosophical phrase goes: "The ideal is not the real."
Maslow's Hierarchy of needs prevails over the ideology which could improve the worker and the work environment. It's still about the $$$. Employees who are in a difficult financial situation, which are over 50%, will deal with quite a bit of stress and mismanagement to survive, that is, bring home the $$$ which is necessary to live in our world. Management is fully aware of their leverage. It's akin to the slave mentality; just that it's illegal to make people work for nothing, so compensation is the law. Having a higher consciousness regarding the treatment of others isn't on the stockmarket radar, so, why bother, in other words, if it doesn't bring in the 'bottom line' to the bean counters and share holders, then the controlling power wheeling personalities aren't really interested. We can see how this dysfunctioning system is ultimately weakening, and the 'ideal' - while still not real - is a worth aiming for if we are to be successful over time. Our ability to seek the 'better solution' will eventually create a better life, better working life, better profiting outcome, and better treatment for all who work for a living; "ideally."
Thanks, Cal, for your ideals! Care2 members sure appreciate your 'aim!' Let's keep aiming!
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 7:56 am
As someone who has recently changed jobs because of some of the issues in this article, I'd love to get this to all employers. Unfortunately most of them have seen this list and enacted programs intended to address these labels. However these programs are often hollow: allowing managers to "Check the Box" that these issues have been "Actioned" while not actually hearing the concerns of workers.
There may be "So many unemployed" but that doesn't justify poor management.
For many people dignity, integrity and a quality work experience - or the lack thereof - will overcome fear of unemployment. Unfortunately for employers, that is the kind of employee that will be most productive in a quality work environment. You'll lose the good ones and be stuck with those that can't find work elsewhere.
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 8:54 am
Jeff; as you say, I've seen this happen many times, where those who are in the 'click' are treated better than those who are more individualistic, yet display marked talented, and are left to themselves, - and thus, eventually take their skills elsewhere, to seek fulfillment with those who can appreciate their good work and skills. It's those 'independent thinkers' who are most obviously left out of the 'clan' and the 'go along-ers' which are taken into the fold, irregardless of virtue.