Whining for Dollars

The other morning I heard about the results of the survey done by the Great Place to Work Institute (inspired name don’t you think?) of the top places to work in Canada.

I laughed. It wouldn’t be my employer.

Environics Communications, a PR company, came out on top. A list of the top ten can be found here.

Companies that value and respect their employees tend to score high- really?!

You mean they don’t see people as interchangeable cogs in the machinery?

There IS hope- maybe.

I have read other similar reports for where companies I have worked or friends of mine have were listed that did not belong within striking distance of an ICBM let alone being associated with companies that may legitimately deserve the accolades. It made me question their methodology.

For the sake of argument I will assume the top ten are fantastic companies. From the snippets on the news it sounds great. I have been involved with hiring, training etc in the past and it is tough so if you find wonderful people, you try to keep them.

Senior management at my company tends to believe the Average Joe on the street can step in the shoes of any of the worker bees in the office. That is a ridiculous notion. Bad hiring decisions can sink a company and it has taken a toll here.

What compounds the problem is the retention of people who tell everyone they are SO busy but are constantly f#cking the dog. Some of these people have made major mistakes or have made various departments unworkable and yet they have managed to whine their way to a raise and other perks.

A quick note to people who sonot see the day-to-day happenings- just because someone says they are really busy, doesn’t mean they actually are…busy.

What I really don’t understand is why they give into the whiny demands and complaints of certain individuals. Why are they protected? Why are they rewarded?

The adverse effect on morale is crushing. And how do people find out? They are so giddy, bouncing around, all happy-happy when everyone else is struggling to find ways to make all the cuts in manpower workable… telling. Discretion is not a hallmark of either of the individuals I am thinking about but one of them is incredibly indiscrete- he reveals without actually “revealing” the specifics but everyone will knows what is up within minutes- he can’t help himself.

But I will be out of here in a few months. I’ll still hear about it from my friends who are staying but at least I won’t be living it anymore.

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~ by angryegg on April 15, 2010.

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