My Thoughts on American Buisness
As a supervisor I stand on the front line between upper management and the employees. It didn’t take long to identify a major flaw in our business relationship. Upper management wants the best employees available. Okay, that makes sense. Businesses strive for high achievers in the workforce, but what’s the reward for high achievers? Well, more work of course. And where does this work come from? It comes from the under achievers – the workers who are not doing their fair share. The result is that the business loses the high achievers who eventually get fed up and leave for better opportunities, and the business is left with the do-nothing slugs. Everyone suffers under this system, except maybe the slugs.
Any new idea aimed at correcting the issue are instantly met with critical rejection. I hear many excuses for why the process can’t be changed, but all the excuses boil down to the same excuse: This is the way it’s always been done. (which makes me want to bash my brains out with a hammer). I thought this mindset came from the fact that America fosters a culture that penalizes hard workers, while tolerating poor performance, however I now believe this is just a side-effect of a greater problem: American business does not change well. American business suffers because it stubbornly refuses to accept that any new idea could be beneficial, or that change can be positive. I hear the chant almost daily – “This way worked fine 20 years ago.” If this job have taught me anything it’s that the greatest power a person can have is getting another person to accept a new idea.