You’ve probably heard the phrase “a canary in a coal mine.” In the early days of mining, workers used to bring live canaries into the mines with them. When dangerous gases began to accumulate in the mine, the canaries would die, buying the miners precious time to get up to the surface and out of danger.
Anyone who is running a company or managing a department knows that it’s not an easy job. A good manager has dozens of balls in the air at any given time. He has to deal with supervising and training employees, filling job vacancies, overseeing production and administration, managing costs, and keeping an eye on employee…
Most employers will concede that ambition is an invaluable trait they like to see in employees. Oftentimes, employees who are intent on forwarding their positions in a company or otherwise are hard workers who are eager to be challenged and don’t shy away from additional responsibilities.
Companies that don’t have a clearly defined policy that outlines call off procedures, tardiness, and early outs, it’s simply asking for trouble. People like to know where the boundaries are.
Whether most workers admit it or not, much time wasting occurs at work. From an employer’s perspective, if workers are being paid wages and doing things that are unrelated to their job – such as streaming video or checking their social media accounts – that’s the same as stealing.
To the everyday employee, the department of human resources seems a vague and unnecessary aspect of company protocol. Many see the department as a drain on company funds and a definitive example of grossly misplaced time and effort. However, human resource managers, CEO’s and company owners nationwide would vehemently disagree.
“If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective.”
As the workplace becomes post-industrial, we see bullying becoming a means to exert psychological prowess over co-workers rather than physical intimidation.