Do you feel like your employer values you and what you do?

@trruk1 (1031)
United States
January 1, 2010 12:25pm CST
American companies used to have a department solely concerned with employees. They still have those departments, but they are not called employees anymore. They are "human resources". A human resource is just a resource, like an inventory of spare parts or a fork lift. We are not people, we are "resources". As a resource, we can be used in whatever way seems to be effective and then discarded when we are not as useful as we used to be. Disposing of people is unpleasant. Getting rid of unnecessary "resources" is just a process of replacing worn-out equipment with a new model. Does your boss speak to you when you are doing well, or do you just hear from her/him when you mess up in some way?
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@benny128 (3624)
1 Jan 10
well unfortunatly in some businesses we are just a number the most expensive part of a business is its employee's. I have been in both scenario's I have been an employee and also am now an employer, to be I like to treat my staff the people under me in my mlm business with the respect that I would like to be forwarded to me. Plus the happier my downline is the more money they and I make same as any business, I regularly run competitions the last one I run was a summer competition over a 6 months period the winner was the person who generated the most business and I bought them a new car. I also do bonus's and xmas bonus was £100 for everybody in my downline they are well looked after as if I look after them then they will feel valued work harder make more money for themselves and also for me.
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@trruk1 (1031)
• United States
1 Jan 10
Good for you (and for your business) for recognizing that competent, motivated employees are your most valuable asset. Circuit City decided a while back that their store personnel were overpaid, so they replaced several thousand experienced salespeople with new, poorly trained, lower-paid employees. Last year, Circuit City went bankrupt. People who go into a store that specializes in electronics and information technology expect the salesperson to have extensive knowledge of the products available. Anybody who has ever shopped at Wal-Mart knows that you are pretty much on your own.
@benny128 (3624)
1 Jan 10
well in business employee's are the most expensive costs but you still have to balancethe books and think motivated people with high wage or low salary and low skills.
2 Jan 10
you are so nice. I hope my boss would have the same thought as you.
@niara25 (148)
• United States
2 Jan 10
There isn't a real work ethic anymore. Just do what management says. Never mind that their orders conflict and overlap. They pay is a joke. It doesn't cover basic living expenses (rent, utilities, transportation food)At my place of employment, we're broken up into teams. Everything wrong is my team's fault. The most amount of work has to be done by the two teams getting the least amount of hours (my team included). They don't motivate, they dominate. They talk to us any kind of way and expect us to respect them and their decisions. They never say anything good, when they do, it sounds like an insult. It sounds as if they're complimenting and animal they're training. A colleague of mine was fired because she stood up to them. Although another reason was put in her file. They really don't use the human part. We're just resources to be disposed of when we've been used up to a point that they no longer need us or we disagree with them. If/When they talk to me the way they did to her, I'll be fired, too.
@trruk1 (1031)
• United States
2 Jan 10
I hear you. I have seen management directives handed down that had to be implemented immediately. "Starting now, we are going to do X with Y issues. We are going to do this every time. Failure to follow this course may result in disciplinary measures." No hint as to where front-line supervisors are supposed to find the time or the resources to implement the new policy. No suggestion as to how to explain to employees that what you have taught them to do no longer applies. Then a week later, when it has become clear that the new policy has created problems rather than solve them, that policy is ditched and replaced with something else. Any attempt to speak out in opposition to the new policy marks you as a "troublemaker" and you may find your career cut short. As far as that goes, I think many managers are so insecure about their own ability to handle their job that they fear anybody with brains and initiative as potential competition. It is not just brutal to employees; it is shortsighted and costly for the organization.
• Mexico
2 Jan 10
Employer - A bad employer that only scream to his employes
Hi niara: I'm sad because of what you told us because that's what many of us should expect to have in the real work life and that's simply hard to know it. We have forgotten that job must be human, we are not machines so we are not created only to receive orders, we have personal struggles, we need the money for the basic necessities a human can display so a good employer should comprehend all of these things. Thanks for your answer niara. Hope you are having a nice day. Happy New Year and Keep Mylottin. Take Care. -Alvaro.
@saphrina (31744)
• South Africa
1 Jan 10
My boss tried the human resource trick on me and unfortunately for him he lost that fight. I am in the printing industry and we are only six people for crying out loud. What can he replace. NOBODY, as we are the only ones stupid enough to take his ranting and raving, but at least the pay is not too bad. I know that the big companies treat ther people poorly and if i may say, we at the smaller businesses, really feel for all of you. Because working in a small business as ours has the advantage that the employer cannot just get his spareparts from the street as we are overqualified in what we do. But one thing i can tell you, you will never get a thank you out of my boss.
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@trruk1 (1031)
• United States
1 Jan 10
"..you will never get a thank you." That is exactly what I was talking about. The boss would no more thank you than he would thank his car or his laptop. When people are polled about the worst part of their job, they do not choose inadequate pay as the biggest problem; they say it is a lack of recognition.
@Hatley (140425)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Jan 10
hi trruk1 I am an American too but hate to hear that working people are no longer considered employees but just human resources. I know our companies have been laying off people right and left, my son was caught in that and is still out of work. I am retired, why because my supervisor loved my work but she also said she had to let me go because you are almost 80. she was fired herself two weeks later for firing me but that did not do me much good as by that time I had fallen and broke my shoulder, agism is against the law yet and what she did was illegal. she as much as admitted the only reason she wanted me gone was that I was almost eighty. I did the work and did it well too.
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@trruk1 (1031)
• United States
1 Jan 10
Many companies look for ways to get rid of older employees. It is, as you say, illegal to just say "You are too old", but they find other ways. They try to make your life on the job so miserable that you will quit. They hire a replacement who is a lot younger and usually works for less and what do they get? They find they have an employee who will take a day off whenever they want one. Young people mostly do not have a responsible work ethic, and it costs companies a great deal of money in lost production, but they continue to try to replace their experienced personnel.
15 Jan 10
It's strange because I felt the most appreciated in my first job which was for a national supermarket in the UK. I would get asked to work all sorts of strange shifts and do the jobs that people didn't want to but then my boss appreciated this and would make sure that I either got extra money for doing them, time off when needed or the chance at a promotion when it came along. Some other members of staff sort this as favouritism but to me it was appreciation for working hard for him. On the other hand all the jobs I have had since, even those where I went on to become part of the management I never felt appreciated, just another person to be used, abused and ordered about with no regard for me as a person. Nothing makes you feel more like just a number when you get made redundant.
@bunnybon7 (29172)
• Holiday, Florida
15 Jan 10
when i worked, i heard very good things from most of my bosses. except one. the last one i had was an old lady you just could not please. i bent over backwards and never had this problem before. she complained about everything and yet often said she couldnt do without me and i was the best helper she ever had. yet, she was like my mom, if i did good she asked for and expected even more never enough for her.
• Canada
3 Jan 10
I truly do feel like a number. There have been layoffs that were attempted to be passed off on employees who have poor performance when in the end was discovered to not be the case. I work for a large corporation. And I firmly believe that they are shady to the top and only care about the dollar. They give their directors bonuses at the same time they are cutting our incentives.
• Mexico
2 Jan 10
Hi trruk: I know about this department. Actually on my dad's company there is a depart but i don't see it that way, seems horrible because i am a human being and i should be treated like that. In my case, i work in a little office, i think that i am value by my employer and he ask me for some personal problems and he tries to make our work a pleasant statebut in general boss used to be only worried for the money and not for the employees and what they need. Thanks for starting this discussion. Hope you are having a nice day. Happy New Year and Keep Mylottin. Take Care. -Alvaro.
@cutepenguin (6459)
• Canada
2 Jan 10
Well, I am self-employed, but I feel that my clients value me.
@yogeshdhusa (2212)
• India
2 Jan 10
Hi trruk, Even its same in India. We are machines and they dont have a feeling, we dont need any appriciation or motivation to work. When some thing goes wrong the HR and the manager will point us out as we are worth less. HR should be representing us "the employees" but they are working for the companies and managers. So approching a HR is a very bad idea and it may go against us.
• United States
2 Jan 10
I don't think my employer values me at all. I feel like I get walked on a lot. I was working six night a week making good money, now they have changed my position and dropped me down to twenty hours a week. Im also supposed to be gettin a dollar fifty more an hour that I am. I worked a function and didnt get paid two hundred dollars that I was supposed to. Im a good employee and think I should get treated better than I do.
2 Jan 10
I hate employer treating us as resources, rather than hunman beings too! My collegue got fired recently, only because she refused to work overtime!
@ronnyb (6125)
• Jamaica
2 Jan 10
I dont think they value me and my work ,otherwise they would have given me a muc faster computer and make sure I have all the resources that I need to function.Right now I feel that all I am to my employees is a number with some figures.They just make decisions without consulting us and when things go wrong.Like recently they disabled the USB ports on our machine without telling us and when we started complaining that is when they decided to go for dialougue.We are always the last to know
@peavey (14938)
• United States
1 Jan 10
I'm a contract worker so I have several "bosses." Most of them I have little contact with, but there is one (a major source of income) that I'm never sure of. He compliments me and says very little that is negative, but I just have my doubts that he's sincere. I get the feeling that any day he could tell me that my job with them is finished, and in the nicest way, too. I almost think I'd rather have a boss who grouches all the time.