Don’t You Understand, We are At War?

Before you jump to conclusions this post has absolutely nothing to do with the current military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. This deals with the perception on the part of certain parties that corporate America is at war. In posts and conversations we hear that the business world is seeing a shift to a pro-employee basis which is going to lead to the destruction of our corporate way of life. The protesters across the country are saying that corporations have forgotten the value of its employees.

Some corporations like Southwest Airlines and Netflix have understood that there is a better way. It is time, as a matter of business strategy that we take the example of the Southwest’s of the world and gain a true partnership within the organization between management and the employees.  In this day and age, innovation does not happen from authority and control. It will only happen when we truly understand that our organizations work as a cross functional team.

Employees do not necessarily want to destroy the business institutions, they want to be accepted as individuals who can make a vital contribution to the health and welfare of the organization. They expect in return for this contribution to be treated fairly. Look at the RSS feed for the EEOC and see what the complaints are all about. Since August 26, there have been 159 settlements or suits by the EEOC and the vast majority deal with organizations allowing harassment, retaliation, discharge because someone filed a complaint. Have you truly taken the time to realize that if you were as vigorous inn your efforts to control this behavior compared to some other efforts you put in to the organization this headache would go away?

Instead of fueling the discourse of class welfare, remember we are all citizens of the same country and organization. War is what we are involved in today. Collaboration on a honest basis is what we need to be working on if we want to improve the reputation of our organization in the global workplace of the 21st century. Develop the true partnership which will enhance the organization from all aspects. Authority and control is passe as a management style. Your organization’s need to move on and generate a coaching environment which respects the talent as the assets that they are to your company. How you do that is dependent on your individual corporate cultures. If your culture is still dominate and not nourishment then change.

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