In this episode, Vicki Shillington shares how organizations have typically been structured with employees recognized simply as the cogs in the system, managers the zookeepers and work as the daily grind. Humanity has literally been designed out of our organizations over the past few decades. In the past, there wasn’t much one could do about it, organizations could pretty much treat employees however they wanted.
Today that is no longer the case.
Looking through the lens of the employee, what they see as the company’s culture is a manifestation of who you hire, fire, and promote. This is increasingly important in the digital era when 50 percent of the workforce will be made up of millennials by 2020, who crave impact and meaning. This number jumps to 75 percent by 2025. When employees join a company where people don’t manifest the values it cares about, they feel lied to, betrayed and cheated.
During the first 90 days, employees are assessing the environment and whether it is what they signed up for. They are assessing whether the right talent is being hired, people are promoted fairly and bad behaviors are addressed. If not, they become increasingly resentful. As the company grows employees begin to act according to what their Leaders either actively reinforce through praise and promotion or passively reinforce by allowing to happen. Would they have joined the company had they seen which colleagues are getting hired, fired, or promoted?