This is the sixth in an occasional series of posts on the topic of “Managing By Cliches.”
We often talk in HR about big ideas — “cutting edge” practices and “strategic visions,” and the like — and this is a very good thing, as it helps us help management guide the organization forward. At the same time, we might sometimes be prone to forget what employees really want from their employers, and what puts them in a place to contribute to organizational success — that is, respect, dignity, being “heard” and taken seriously.
A “Smack In The Face” Reminder
As I was scrolling through some Twitter messages the other day, I saw one that mentioned a website for “workplace humor.” I clicked on the link and quickly became engrossed in PleaseFireMe.Com, which features pages and pages of postings from discouraged employees. (I imagine that there might be many similar websites — I had never thought to look before). What I saw there made me chuckle, shake my head, and wince, disturbed and discouraged me, and finally, encouraged me. Continue reading