Take a look at Sea World. They knew the whale was more trouble than it was worth. A $75,000 suit later after discovering that executives tried to hide the fact that they knew about the potential troubles.
All they do is blame it on the employees for not “filing a complaint” or grievance. Reminds me of the corporate culture I witnessed while working in “corporate America.” Executives know what happens. They just blame it on subordinates for not filing a complaint or reporting to HR. Yet I personally witnessed employees being pushed out, pressured, and terminated for “blowing the whistle” on wrongdoings.
Easy for the executives. Let the minions fall on the sword. It is so easy to avoid it as the boss. Who is going to fire the boss? His team of circle jerks?
Makes me sick and glad to be away from corporate politics.
Seriously. I left High School and 2 months later joined Verizon Information Services. 9 years + later, I can attest that the only protections employees have is other employees. Yet I still have negative opinions about unions. I was one of the non union fellas who witnessed wage decreases and modest merit increases while unions negotiated cadillac contracts, pensions, and benefits packages.
Damned if you do. Damned if you don’t.
Guess the only option is to stop overpaying crony executives for working less hours than regular employees and to limit the ability for a single hiring manager to term an employee? But putting wrenches and restrictions on the workforce limits a companies ability to respond to the marketplace.
So what is the solution?
Culture. It begins at the top and finishes at how you train clients to agree, promote, and accept your ethics, mission, and positive working environment. Clients are trained to cheat by shady unethical consultants. Don’t allow executives to ignore wrongdoings. Don’t allow co-workers to do the same.
Your company may not have great sales results, dividends to investors, or huge executive bonuses, but you can always take pride in your corporate culture. Atleast you won’t be ranked on JobVent as on of the worst places to work.
Btw, notice how companies avoid the “blogosphere” by just posting press releases vs allowing comments? Another way to keep the community silent and from voicing concerns. I love exposing the tricks from so-called corporate reputation management professionals.
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