Friday, December 15, 2017

Nobody’s perfect

 Has the trade union movement taken over the Chamber of Commence? A recent article by this body appears to recognise and accept not all employers are perfect. Having for years sought to lay blame for poor productivity at the door of workers, it appears finally it is dawning on the business sector there are employers who:

1. remain noncompliant with OSH regulations;

2. have been found guilty of improper practices;

3. engage in unprofessional and unethical business conduct at the top echelons of management; and

4. base wage levels primarily on what they can “get away with”.

Maybe now there can be meaningful dialogue about improving productivity. Maybe now the basis has begun to be laid for the worker’s contribution to his employer’s business instead of how he is dressed (accepting there are minimum standards, of course). Maybe we can start the process of understanding the basic motivation of a worker when he begins to slack off because his colleague, who is a slacker, is treated better than he is because he (the slacker) has the favour of the boss. Or that he is being called upon to do more than his job for no reward or recognition, or that he is being blamed for some wrong action which is not his fault.

The start point for any reconciliation of the differences between employer and worker must be acceptance that not all employers are perfect, as not all employees are perfect (but the union did not hire them, so don’t blame the union for that!).

Sadly, that level of maturity is not noticeable among the employer class.

Karan Mahabirsingh