Senior Management (Former Employee) – Leamington, ON – 26 March 2019
Trust and fear cannot co-exist in the same place. People who pretend they can co-exist are afraid to admit what their body knows: managerial fear overpowers trust every time.
Either the leaders in an organization trust their employees, or they don't. They only hire yes-men and yes-women to work for them. Anyone with a backbone will not last working for the fearful.
Confident leaders trust themselves enough to hire people they can trust.
They don't watch their employees like hawks. They don't enact rules and policies to cover every situation, because they know their employees will rise to every challenge.
They don't set up control mechanisms to keep people from using their native smarts and ingenuity. They don't measure every keystroke and every minute spent on any activity.
Managers talk about collaboration and out-of-the-box thinking but no one takes them seriously. You cannot get collaboration or new ideas from beaten-down employees.
The HR people specialize in assigning work, measuring results, punishing infractions and maintaining order. What ever happened to listening to employees, problem-solving with them, celebrating successes and envisioning even greater successes?