I’ve heard someone say; to work is a privilege not a right. Hmpf, not sure If I totally buy that but I do think that it’s necessary to work to have the things you want and need in life. There are millions of people out of work, and I’m talking about the folks that want to work but don’t have the benefit of nepotism or favoritism, believe me folks, there are some talented people out here who have no network and therefore are being overlooked and denied the “privilege.”
Then there are those that abuse the privilege. It bothers me when I see lazy employees who take their jobs for granted, and when I see lazy managers and HR reps that really bothers me. What am I talking about? Well maybe these real life situations will help you understand where I’m coming from.
I often tell some of my HR colleagues that the type of stuff I deal with here in Memphis is unlike anything I’ve ever dealt with while in Iowa, or Ohio. Take this article <<here>>. An employee at one of the offices of the Tennessee Department of Transportation got so frustrated with the lack of response from the HR department and management that they took pictures of several employees boldly sleeping at their desk while on duty. They mailed the pics to the local news outlets. Now TDOT has launched an investigation.
Or how about this one, talk about some sensitivity training! A couple got married here in Memphis and spent the night at the Holiday Inn Express. Their sleep was interrupted as they noticed someone leaving their room in the middle of the night. Yep, you guessed it, they were robbed. When they reported the incident to the employees at the front desk they were told “…this is Memphis, things are ghetto.” I wonder how the Visitor’s Bureau and Mayor feels about that? Especially since the Mayor is actively trying to get people to come to the Bluff City and vacation.
“I’m a robbery victim because I stayed at a Holiday Inn last night” does not sound like a great marketing campaign to me.
We could use that “Direct TV” approach; you know the commercials about making bad decisions that could cause you to end up in a roadside ditch or something just as crazy. Well try this, “When you are a lazy manager or HR professional, your employees and customers rebel. When your employees and customers rebel, they take pictures and call the local news. When they call the local news, you and your company look like lazy jack-asses. Don’t let you or your company look like lazy jack-asses.”