Oct 30, 2016

Bullies in the workplace

Bullies are an ever present fixture in an organization we may not immediately recognize them because they quietly blend with the majority. But there would be times that they will create a noticeable scene for everyone to know that they exist in the workplace.

Bullies are arrogant people who push their weight around, they exist because there is no one who dares to stand before them. The more that nobody dares to face up to them the more that they are emboldened to continue their bullying.  Therefore, the problem of bullying exists because there are people who allow themselves to be bullied. 

How can we solve this irrational behavior? We can stop bullying by asserting our rights  and by standing-up to them. We must be firm with anyone who would dare to bully us because if we will not face them the more that they will bully us.

This is of course easier said than done. Can we face someone who occupies a very powerful position in our organization? Can we face-up to somebody who occupies a higher position than us? These are very valid questions that we need to consider, nevertheless if we want to stop workplace bullying we must be courageous enough to face these bullies.

Let us not be afraid with these organizational bullies they exist for the simple reason that we allow them to exist. But the moment we face them and assert our rights before them they would quickly fade away into oblivion. - Marino J. Dasmarinas

Oct 22, 2016

The greedy business owner

Once upon a time there was a greedy business owner who always want to corner whatever profit that his business earns. He would often be urged by his wife to give back a sizable percentage of their earnings to the welfare of their employees. But the greedy business owner simply ignored the suggestion he continued to pamper himself while his employees were wallowing from their inhuman working conditions.    

A few months had passed by the greedy owner noticed an increase in absences and also in resignation. There was also a huge decline in the output and quality of their products. After a year his company was forced to stop its operation and the greedy owner was left with nothing except for the huge bank debts.

It’s always a must for managers or business owners to equitably treat their employees for the simple reason that they are the lifeblood of their organization. In this day and age an organization can still exist even without the help of computerized operation. But can it survive without human resource? Of course not! This is therefore the primary reason why we must treat our people humanely.

It doesn't pay to be greedy in any arena of life most especially in an organizational arena. We must always learn to give back to our people: By increasing their pay, by improving and humanizing their work life and by always being accessible and transparent. - Marino J. Dasmarinas

Oct 15, 2016

The advantage of consultative leadership

A consultative leader is someone who consults first before making any organizational decisions. The main strength of this leadership style is it allows the leader to solicit the inputs of any organizational member. The leader listens to his subordinates and peers yet he still commands the authority and respect in the organization.

This practice of leadership is very helpful for a leader because it creates a  we belong feeling amongst organizational members. Just imagine when your boss consults with you. How would you feel? Of course you will feel very important and at home in the organization because there is this feeling that you are very much valued by your leader/manager. And the end result is you will be motivated to work harder simply because you know that you are valued by your leader.

Being a consultative leader also enhances your adeptness in the organization and it also enhances your value as a leader. Once you consult with your people you actually multiply your awareness on what is really going on the floor. It will also show that you are a humble leader who knows how to bend or listen and a leader who does not have a very high regard of himself/herself.

Of course as the leader/manager you ultimately retain the power to decide but it will greatly help you if you’ll learn how to practice consultative leadership. It will not only enhance your value as a leader you will also be pushing forward the morale of your subordinates.  

Why not try to become a consultative leader now and see the positive impact that it will bring into your position as a leader/manager? - Marino J. Dasmarinas

Oct 5, 2016

Do you observe equity in the treatment of your subordinates?

One of the many mistakes that a manager/leader does is to have favorites among his subordinates. He normally has trusted individuals in his office. These lucky fellows are untouchable no matter what they do in the office; they are only accountable to their boss.

For example, if they are always late for work they are not worried that they would be scolded by their boss for they know that they’re the favored ones. On the other hand if the employees who commit the same offense are not members of his favored circle the boss would immediately notice this by swiftly calling their attention.

Where is fairness or equity here? There’s actually none because the boss has blinders on his eyes when it come to the violations of his favored subordinates. But when it comes to violations by his ordinary subordinates his blinders disappears and his eyes are wide open to see their mistakes.

If this inequitable treatment continuous the non-favorite subordinates would naturally notice this. And with some creative ways they would try to let loose their displeasure. If the boss will not listen they would think again of ways and means so that they would be treated fairly.

There are countless repercussions that await unfair managers/leaders. For example the boss may get the cold shoulder treatment from his aggrieved subordinates, another one is they may try to withhold their work output and the worst that they may do is to organizing peaceful protest actions.

In the creative minds of those who are mistreated the consequence for an inequitable boss is boundless. It is therefore very wise to treat your subordinates equitably. Avoid the mistake of having favored employees for the simple reason that it’s counterproductive to your function as a manager/leader. - Marino J. Dasmarinas