INTRODUCTION

ASK KATE

Hello- I will be asking for questions and sharing information concerning the workplace.  I expect that this site will attract 1) Small businesses that can not afford a full-time HR Department 2) Middle Managers who sometimes find themselves without a sounding board and 3) employees who have HR questions.  All three of these groups have questions, concerns and messages to share with each other. The problem is, does ANYONE want to HEAR their messages?  I do and I will show you how important each of these messages are to all three groups.

The Message

I detest long-winded messages that make you read 5 or more pages before they get to the message and then they try to trick you into signing on or sharing information before they will share what they have been stringing you along to find out. Talk about Long Winded messages!  Therefore, I am going to jump full force and tell you what I think my message can be, and why I think it is worth your time and feedback.  My message is working together in the WORKPLACE.

Pyramid 

Now there is a broad subject and this can go in many different directions.  Today we will discuss the inter relationship of worker to employer and visa versa.  Not just the employee to the immediate supervisor, but the supervisor to the director and the director to the regional director and the regional director to the VP and the VP to the other VP(s) and the VPs to the CEO and the CEO to the Board of Directors and the Board of Directors to the customer and the customer to the – employee. You see that this is a cycle.  Each of the levels is inter dependent upon the other levels.  It is like a pyramid that cheerleaders build.  Without a good strong and steady foundation, the top person cannot keep their balance and succeed in completing the pyramid.  It requires team development and TRUST that the person on the bottom is going to hold you up.  It requires TRUST that the person on top is going to be a steady, reliable and confident person who can balance themselves and make the pyramid cohesive.  It requires that the people in the middle are able to communicate between the top and the bottom in a reinforcing and encouraging method to readjust the balance as needed.

The Problem

Yes- I said teamwork.  I know, I know there are so many programs out there and so much time has been spent on this topic.  That is the problem.  The time has been spent on a program, on a topic, on a process.  NO time has been spent on “Listening” to the various levels of the pyramid.  Instead the time has been spent on “Telling” the various levels how they should think.  How they should behave.  What the company expects of them.  How thankful they should be that they work for a company that thinks so highly of them that it is willing to put out so much time and money to tell them what they need to succeed.  (Another word for succeed is “retain” employment.)

Future Topics

Lay  offs, unemployment, apprenticeships, wages, benefits, pensions.  These are topics I plan on addressing while we look at the inter dependent relationship, or should I say the breakdown of the working relationship, in today’s business society.  Business Society!  an Interesting term.  Is business a society in the true sense of the word?  Let’s look at that in the next posting.  For now, I am awaiting your comments and/ or questions.  Talk to you soon, Kate

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