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Loop Of Disrespect

In most companies, “respect” is either an explicit or implicit core value. Is it respectful to repeatedly watch, and covertly condone, project teams working 50-60 hour, unpaid overtime weeks for years at a time to meet some schedule that they most likely had no hand in making? Since the overtime is not paid, it isn’t tracked and future schedule estimates derived from past performances don’t accurately reflect the effort needed to get the job done. Thus, the practice is a self-reinforcing loop of disrespect. But hey, since virtually all corpricracies operate that way, the practice must not be disrespectful, right?

Demanding respect while not giving it, or pretending to give it, creates mediocracies. And since respect and loyalty are intimately coupled, demanding loyalty without giving respect doesn’t work too well either.

  1. fishbergh
    August 17, 2010 at 8:13 am

    mmmmm–yeah…If you could just go ahead and… come in for work on Saturday…

    So that’d be grrrreat… Mmmm’Kay? Oh, and remember: next Friday… i

    s Hawaiian shirt day. So, you know, if you want to, go ahead and wear a

    Hawaiian shirt and jeans.

  2. PhilN
    August 17, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    “People work for money, if you want loyalty buy a dog.” That was the mantra of the 80s. I liked the 80s.

    • August 17, 2010 at 5:32 pm

      Companies that demand loyalty (either explicitly or implicitly via an unspoken but surely understood rule) are out of touch with reality. Like you said, the loyalty- for-job-security social contract went out the window a long, long time ago.

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