Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street and Your Organization

There are two topics that I never discuss in public- religion and politics. However there are some lessons to be learned for our organizations. Each of the two uprising movements were centered around actual or perceived inequities within the appropriate systems at that point in time and at that place.

Look at the most recent surveys about the workplace and you see numbers bantered around from 60-75 percent of our human capital talent assets are ready to jump ship. So the question needs to be posed what is the underlying conditions that brought around these events. Further we need to understand that we can not just brush them off thinking they will go away.

Arab Spring – The citizens of the Arab Countries rose up because they were tired of being oppressed by leaders who said in no uncertain words that it was a time for the employees to do it this way or take the road. They were tired of not being able to sustain a standard of life for their families.

Occupy Wall Street – Like the Arab Spring they were and are tired of the way we operate in this country and around the globe. They see the leadership totally ineffective based on the involvement of other influences. Their slogan insists that for the most part they are neither seen nor heard in the workplace.

Your Organization –If you are still operating under the business model of I am the manager and this is what you will do because I said so, then you are laying the groundwork for your very own Arab Spring or Occupy Wall Street to occur within your organization. The business model that is succeeding today is one where the worth of every employee is recognized and cherished. I am not taking about worth based on the dollar signs on an expense report.We are taking about being respected for their contribution to the success of the organization. Look at your organization and tell me why survey after survey tell us that 60-75% of our talent assets are ready to jump ship. I know you despise the hiring process but there is a better way by changing the way we treat the citizenry.

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