Parabellum: “If you want peace, prepare for War”
People: The issue with most people, is not, “What is the right thing to do?” The issue is that we (people) choose to do what we want to do. Do we choose to do the right thing, or the wrong thing?
Yes! We all do both!
Doing the right thing requires learning, wisdom, courage, faith, and practice.
We hopefully find, along the way, that we learn to act, within the rules, and rightly, by treating other persons the way we wish to be treated. We are in the company of People, our greatest asset!
People are the problem! Threats and theft come from people. People in the organization, or company, pose a greater threat than outsiders. Insiders have access and information.
Attitudes and morale are complex. If threats are perceived, and it is believed that management does not care, or is not responding appropriately, then certainly, morale and productivity will be adversely affected. Too often, this results in theft, sabotage, or work stoppages.
If the company employs a “lock down” philosophy, in an attempt to avert bad behavior, it is sure to adversely impact morale. Productivity and creativity will suffer when our team feels that that we are looking over their shoulder, they are not trusted, and they have little freedom.
Balancing control and security with freedom is an art. We must consider circumstances and company culture when determining the proper balance.
When background investigations are conducted for new hires, do we test personal integrity and honesty?
The ultimate workplace problem w/ our Team is Violence. This usually happens when an employee, suffering multiple incidents of rejection, blames someone (a supervisor or manager), for their life being in grave distress.
“You’re fired!” … “FINE! I’ll be back with my brothers, Smith and Wesson!”
People are the solution: Effective policies, procedures, and training allow people to be the solution. Our Team will come to understand that security, peace, and prosperity is everyone’s responsibility. We truly are our brother’s keeper!
Consistent and fair Personnel and Security Policies and Procedures help us create a positive environment. Employees and associates will treat each other with dignity, knowing they have management’s support. There should also be an understanding that there must be, and will be, consequences for wrong behavior.
People need rules and structure, but also must be free to create. Our company is far more likely to achieve goals of peace and prosperity, when everyone involved is unified toward a reasonable balance of human dignity, freedom, and security.