a reply to: James1982
Yes and no.
This has long been a hot-button issue for me--the employers abusing employees issue.
I tend to try and find out how companies, shops etc. treat their employees and then to trade elsewhere if they don't treat them at least
WELL EDUCATED EMPLOYERS KNOW and behave accordingly that treating their employees as treasured, valued, protected, supported etc. parts of THE TEAM
WILL RESULT IN A BETTER BOTTOM LINE AND GREATER SUCCESS FOR THE COMPANY.
However, many corporations are headed by . . . ruthless, greedy, ATTACHMENT DISORDERED JERKS . . . who are determined to produce short term gains for
THEIR bosses . . . whether it's the Board of Directors or the share holders or whomever.
AND, the VALUE of treating employees with quality care and respect IS HARD TO QUANTIFY for the bean-counters.
ALMOST ALL organizational and development guru's KNOW and WISE MANAGERS KNOW that it IS COSTLY to abuse employees. But it tends to be a very long
term issue that drags the company down over the long term and is always very hard to impossible to cite specific figures in the corporate tally
And, in the short term, abusive treatment of employees SEEMS to produce results measurable on the bottom line. So, for many jerk managers who are
dysfunctional in their psychology and their values--that's the way they choose to go.
I think it would make a larger difference if MORE CONSUMERS POINTEDLY ASKED employees how they were treated and then took their dollars elsewhere when
the answers weren't up to par.
Sometimes, I've also written the corporate bosses about their treatment of employees.
Anyway--my 2 cents. Good topic. An important topic, I think.
In terms of your question . . . GIVEN A DESTRUCTIVE management style, I suppose it's . . . UNDERSTANDABLE for employees to fight back passive
HOWEVER, I DON'T LIKE THE RESULTS OF THAT. IT RESULTS IN THE EMPLOYEES BEING AS HORRIBLE A CREATURES AS THEIR EMPLOYERS. There's enough of such
folks in the world. Let's not breed them in corporations.
Let the serfs and slaves act like high class philosopher kings regardless of the costs. Perhaps an odd employer here and there can be shamed into
cleaning up their act.
THEN THEY WILL BE MUCH MORE LIKELY to treat their families like high class philosopher kinds would. AND THAT is WELL WORTH IT.