Fire Politics: Employee Relations: The Relationship Is Changing

Difficult economic times have had a significant effect on many aspects of our society. One of the most obvious has been in the area of employment – not just whether people have jobs, but also the overall relationship between employers and their...


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How all of this will impact the workplace and the relationships people have with their jobs is yet to be seen. If the future relationship between employers and employees lacks commitment to each other and becomes primarily confrontational, the result may be a lack of commitment to serving the best interests of the organization and the customers. As one example, if employers will not reasonably contribute to the retirement needs of employees during their years of employment, this can fundamentally change the commitment and loyalty people will have to their jobs.

 

Balancing expectations

Bottom line, there must be some degree of balance between the expectations employers and employees have of each other in the workplace. It seems that much of the risk in the employment world is shifting away from the employers and moving more toward the employees. In the public sector, some elected officials and managers are sending the message that workers should be happy just to have a job and they should not expect anything in return but a paycheck. This is a slippery slope that is not in the best interest of government and will not have long-term public support.

The change in the relationship between employers and employees is surely being altered and this could create insurmountable challenges for those trying to lead organizations in the future. It’s not too late for people to come to their senses and realize that there must be a balance in the employer/employee relationship. If not, there will be a negative impact on the bottom line. If relationships between employers and employees are evolving, then let’s work cooperatively as employers and employees to change things for the better instead of taking such huge steps backwards. It will be much easier to prevent this workplace disaster from happening than to repair it later. n