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Are you indispensable

Posted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 12:42 pm
by lawPro
Have you seen the digital edge column on All Access today? http://www.allaccess.com/digital-edge

Talks about the importance of keeping up to stay relevant and to be indispensable.

I wonder how the Christian broadcaster feels about this when he or she feels called by God for the job he or she does. How much preparation and continued education does he or she put into the work?

Maybe it's a hypothetical question that I feel the need to toss out there or maybe it's something to be discussed.

Re: Are you indispensable

Posted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 8:27 am
by opsman
Such an interesting concept...self-improvement. Clearly, everything you learn and everything at which you become proficient makes you a much more valuable employee. At the few remaining truly good places to work, that's still the case.

That said, it can (or should) be said that "that door swings both ways". Call me temporarily jaded, but this is the morning after I have just dismissed the first of ALL my part-timers at the directive of my ownership. It will have a direct and significant impact on at least one of those people. It has resulted in a ripple effect among those who remain.

Exacerbating the problem is the manner in which this directive was given to middle management. It came down in a harsh, uncaring and frankly, highly unprofessional way. It seemed to be a curious way to treat those who are still left (there are just a handful now) including some who have given 20 years of service to that same owner.

The most puzzling factor is the necessity of such a move (or lack thereof). Aside from the fact that the owners want it this way, there is no supporting evidence regarding the NEED for such a move.

Have I done the best I can for my ownership/licensee? Sure seems like it to me. The results are clear and everyone involved is aware of them.

Has my ownership/licensee done the best for me and my fellow employees? Not this time....again.

Sadly, the trend in our industry is to answer "no", and therein lies a major problem. Respect is earned and is NOT exclusively hinged on the acceptance of a job offer or the improvement of one's marketable skills. Some - if not most - owners/licensees have lost sight of that...and we are all the worse for it.

Re: Are you indispensable

Posted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 9:49 am
by nardMuffin
At the end of the day, I guess it comes down to the dollars and cents. Not sense, but cents. In our current state money speaks louder than loyalty, and doesn't always make sense to those in the trenches.

I wonder, opsman, if you had been given the directive to let a certain number of your part-timers go, rather than all at once (wow! sorry about that), how would you have made that choice: time served with the company or talent/preparation or some other qualification?

Re: Are you indispensable

Posted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 6:29 pm
by opsman
You are correct, it is the "dollars and cents" that seem to make little sense "here in the trenches"....and there is more at work here than just perception. Lest I come off sounding like my most favorite work-related term "a disgruntled employee", I'm not calling this one from the cheap seats.

It is because I am called to serve my employer as I would serve my Lord that I make the kinds of efforts that have produced the kinds of results that my employer benefits from. I am happy about that. I understand that's what I'm employed to do. I understand that a business must be strong in order to serve itself, its owners and its employees...and in this case, the public interest that is so vital to its very survival.

I further understand that this is a "down economy". Some businesses are seeing revenues that are comparable to 2005 levels and are not meeting expectations when factoring in 2010 expenses. This is cause for great concern and much hand-wringing in the corner offices. Meanwhile - back in the trenches - we, too face 2010 expenses...only some of us are operating on salary levels that were common in 1985...and earlier.

What I find most difficult to understand is making seemingly unnecessary decisions that have such an adverse impact in an economic, emotional and family sense on people who were very recently valuable to your operation. It runs against the grain of every loving and caring thing I've ever been taught or have come to embrace on my own.

What criteria is employed under your scenario? In order to maintain that which is successful for my employer, clearly it comes down to who produces the best work for the employer. Subjective? Absolutely. Much of our industry is.

I do hope and pray that I would never make such a decision if it wasn't absolutely necessary.

Re: Are you indispensable

Posted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 7:06 am
by nardMuffin
Cutting people on paper is easy. Cutting people who are real people with real lives, real families and real needs is much harder. I don't think anyone would argue with that. But I think you're right: you have to do what is right by the business for your boss & the bottom line. All the while being aware of the emotional and spiritual needs of those involved. Rock -- YOU -- Hard place. And it is subjective: if faced with the choice of keeping someone with seniority/loyalty (not tenure) and someone who showed signs of a productive future, I'd have to go with the latter, even if the former felt truly dedicated to his or her call for the station. Ugh, what a tough spot to be in.

I don't think you came across as the disgruntled employee either, for the record.