Many companies and managers see their workers as disposable so they don't even bother trying to properly motivate them. It's "their way or the highway" mentality.
Shamontiel L. Vaughn
That's wonderful. I always pose this question to people I work with - What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind? I’m happy to see that your old boss left a positive one with you.
We would all benefit by acknowledging the truth. It's the only way forward to lasting change.
There’s a deeper fundamental issue at play here, which really has nothing to do with perks like casual wear, free coffee, ping-pong tables, or even PTO. It has to do more with changing the core of the anti-social dysfunctional aspect of Corporate America. I’ve worked at “fun” places where we’d have a beer at the office on Fridays, catered lunches, open concept spaces. But at the end of the day, when push came to shove, those in charge were still authoritarian, short sighted, and untrustworthy. …
Leaders never waiver in doing the right thing even if there may be negative consequences. Corporate America thrives on fear and intimidation to continue on with their systemic biased actions, as was the case here. The HR Director thought she was going to intimidate you but you stood your ground and ultimately preceded to make a positive change in that culture.
The reason many companies are not clearly communicating their future plans is because they don’t have their employees’ best interests in mind. They’re scheming behind close doors coming up with ways to make bigger profits and if layoffs are in the cards to accomplish this, then so be it. If they were to be honest about these things they may find themselves dealing with a mass exodus. They would rather blindside folks so they get to choose who stays and who goes. Corporate America will never be transparent with its workers because they are not a priority to them.
Managers and workers alike have to be flexible and learn to adjust to an ever-changing world. This last year was something none of us ever expected. COVID is a once in a hundred year pandemic. If people can’t come together at a time like this, then what does that say about our society as a whole? We need to expect more from one another.
I also think that this generation is much more open to honest and transparent work environments in contrast to the Machiavellian way that so many have adhered to.
Alejandro Diaz writes extensively on culture, politics, and the workplace.