“And hey, let’s be careful out there.” It was the daily safety message of Sgt Phil Esterhaus, played by Michael Conrad, on the 1980’s police drama Hill Street Blues. It was just a TV show but Conrad played the part so well that for a moment you were in that… Read More »What’s Required For A Truly Effective Safety Program
Motivation and Engagement
“How do I provide a motivational climate when all my workers are in unions and they care more about union membership?”
This question is common in leadership development workshops. It’s one of the biggest frustrations leaders have with a union shop. “I’m going to file a grievance” are words that can strike terror in even the strongest leader.
There’s been considerable discussion about mandated, paid sick-leave over the last few years. Proponents say providing paid sick leave is something businesses should do. Opponents say it’s too expensive.
The current situation with Covid has changed this discussion some, but at some point we’ll be back to talking about things like flu or a sick child. So, let’s examine the question from two points of view.
Employees want to be able to stay home when they are ill and not take a financial hit. That seems reasonable.
Employers don’t want to pay someone for not working. That too seems reasonable.
It’s common to do a deep post mortem when things go wrong or failure happens. How come we don’t put as much effort into learning from our successes?