Shortsighted management is the norm now
Wednesday 23 February 2011, 1.23pm HKT
American management philosophy perpetuates shortsighted attitudes.
One aspect of which relates to personnel:
Witness the by-now-worldwide attitude of treating employees as costs, rather than as allies to build a more successful business venture.
“Continually focusing on ‘now,’ ‘firefighting’, ‘crisis’ — it breeds the view that employees are ‘now’ things. They’re just things to hire or fire to fit the circumstances. Employees and employers just don’t have a common goal anymore. At the end of every month, pay is just one more office crisis.” (Tom B.)
The attitude also sees employees as can’t be relied upon to be loyal — loyalty must be bought with high pay or employment benefits. That view is only a step shy of regarding employees as mere commodities.
In the same way that commodities usually have short trading lifespans, employees at all levels have short job tenures — hugely disruptive for a small company and potentially customer-losing. Most people prefer stability rather than high pay, in fact. Of course, hiring better people in the long run pays for itself. Once you get them, it’s worth it to pay more to keep them.
The Big Thing in the HR [human resources] field is about minimising risky employee behaviour — but silence on risky employer/management behaviour.
“If you’re not having fun at work or making money, something’s wrong. If you’re having too much fun or concentrating too much on the work or the money, something’s also seriously wrong.” (Dad)
© The Naked Listener’s Weblog, 2011.
Image via Peter Drucker’s Management Philosophy.