I live in Central Florida and one of the local municipalities has passed a new law which goes into affect July1, which states that if you are homeless you either have to go into a shelter or go to jail. Those are your only choices in life.
Please do not get me wrong, I am not totally sympathetic to people sleeping and living on the streets. Having said that I want to use this an example of thinking out the ramifications of our decisions in human capital management.
Every organization has its own peculiar culture which dictates how the organization treats its human capital assets. The question here is whether that organization is as controlling as the local municipality or are they open enough to recognize the value of diversity of thought and lifestyles. The rapidly changing world we live in heavily depends on our organizations to be innovative in their services and products and to change with the business environment.
Innovation means that we take into consideration a wide variety of thoughts, work processes, work styles. If we operate from a sense of iron clad rules and regulations we are in the long run hindering the growth of our organizations. So my question to you is whether the next time an employee comes to work for your organization is the message you are delivering ” this how we do it here and it is the only way we do it here” or are you ready to recognize that the employee ho comes off a little strange to you and your management the road to the next great mousetrap in your organization. Just because they have a different view of the world around them does not mean that they are in some way bad and need to be stored away somewhere out of view from the public or our customers.
The next time you consider chastising someone because of the way they dress or behave becareful that you are doing so for proper reasons, not because they do not fit your picture of reality.