Insincere Employers Beware!!

Recently while on a business trip, I had lunch with an executive and we discussed his company’s view of employee engagement and employee ‘perks’.  He works for a very large retail corporation – did I say very large?  Because I mean very large…  Anyway, as we discussed me helping them and provide training for the organization, this executive provided a little insight to their upper management, just below C-Level.

The insight he provided me was this:  During a recent meeting to discuss the handling of dismantling of a department it became clear that 10 jobs were needed to be eliminated.  One of the just below C-Level executives actually suggested in the meeting that instead of laying off the 10 people from the department, why don’t they go down to the gymnasium and hand out 10 pink slips to anyone walking in.

Of course, the gymnasium was one of many ‘perks’ provided to employees today at corporations who understand the benefit of providing a place where employees want to work.  But this specific executive, like many others out there, are really p.o.’d that the employee of today is being treated so much better than they were treated when they were coming up.

The trouble is, employees in an organization are very similar to the kids of a family or a good looking man or woman being used as a trophy date; they know when there is no substance behind the ‘gestures’ and that the employer really doesn’t care about the employee, that they only care how it might ‘look’ to recruits, investors, stockholders and the CEO.  But you know what?  Employees who realize they are merely being placated by the ‘perks’ will choose to work there over other employers but without the substance, they will not work any harder, often even being less productive.

The SUCCESSFUL organizations that will persevere and sail through the next 20 years of this economy WILL be the organizations that realize that the Employee of Yesteryear is no longer available and is NOT coming back.  They will also realize that Employee Empowerment is not a ‘buzz word’ but a concept.  They will realize that Employee Engagement is not a program but the result of culture within the organization.  AND that the proper engagement and activation of an employee will reap benefits far beyond what these executives can imagine.

You either mean it or you don’t; make sure you notice the companies who really mean it.

About captivecoaching

David Jones is the founder of Captive Coaching and Consulting, LLC. Captive was founded to serve two aspects: 1) To assist with the growth of individuals in their personal and business lives as well as their relationships 2) To improve the employee production, employee retention and profitability of businesses by applying the principles of APACHE theory.
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3 Responses to Insincere Employers Beware!!

  1. Troy King says:

    Great article David, I agree with your sentiments. I find it so incredibly difficult to fathom how people in Leadership positions in this day and age still have such ridiculous and archaic attitudes towards staff.

    Nearly 2o years ago as a young team leader I realised that looking after staff in a genuine and fun way meant they looked after you.

  2. linarfrank says:

    Well said, David. I wholeheartedly agree with all that you have stated. I have yet to work for a big corporation who’s focus was truly anything other than the almighty dollar. Hence, my move to non-profit organizations. Based on my own personal experiences there is no comparison. The income is less and the possible perks are less. Yet, the non-profits are full of people of passion and dedication. I have the privilege of working daily with others who will go above and beyond in order to give their all for a cause they believe in. Even more…we all know we are part of a team, each as dedicated as another. I would not change this for all the money in the world.

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