A good little bee is buzzing happily all about, spreading the word that employee engagement is a fine thing for a company, any company, all companies. Go little bee, go – spread your engagement pollen and make them believe it, stay real and not all buzz speak on us.
A friend sent me a link which prompted this post. Oh dear, the little bee isn’t happy at all about this – Public Firing. It isn’t entirely clear from this snippet, but this is taken from a meeting where changes are being discussed and it is meant to help employees understand both culture and expectations in this company going forward. I can only imagine what the intent was regarding senior management when they planned this meeting, but the unintended consequences of this are going to be huge.
We’ll just leave this sound snippet and its repercussions behind.
Both of my parents spent time in offices at various stages of their working lives and I learned this from them. It is an ethic that was clearly important to them, and is not something that I ever questioned, even during my questioning teen years.
A workplace is a community of people. People with varying levels and types of experience, differing types of knowledge and personalities. There is a constant flow of intended and unintended activity – things go right and things can go wrong. (Frankly, with so many variables it is interesting to me that things go right much more often than they go wrong.)
How a company, and any leader within that company handles the things that go really right and anything that goes wrong speaks volumes. I think my parents got it right when they followed the praise in public and chastise in private principle. The little employee engagement bee agrees.
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