Ignus fatuus: Foolish Fire

Organizational culture is the inspiration today’s writings.

Culture in an organization is so important, but it seems that there is much time spent discussing it and little time spent nurturing it. Organizations heavily advocate why they are great places to work to outsiders but do they strive to meet the day-to-day expectations of their own staff?

To me, the foolish fire is working to attract because you think it’s trendy or the way things are done because “everyone is doing it.” It’s creating a big buzz or campaign to attract the best candidates but then falling short once they’ve signed their letter of offer.

I believe that it’s important to have an overall work culture that doesn’t just attract people but keeps them there.

In one large industry, for example, the lures are great salaries, excellent benefits, and a wide array of internal opportunities.

But, when you arrive on your first day and there is no computer for you to work on; when you don’t have a security pass and have to rely on someone to sign you in for days; when you don’t get paid for weeks; it dulls the shine of all that is amazing of that employer. It’s foolish fire.

Heavily promoting initiatives through social media but not allowing staff access is foolish fire.

Encouraging professional development but only within a narrow parameter and scope is foolish fire.

Advocating for fearless innovation but being too risk-adverse is foolish fire.

These all may appear to be minor things but they all add up to the big picture that represents an organizations. The expectations that are set in the day-to-day are critical to maintaining the culture that organizations believe they have.

The power of words: People believe them and employers have to live up to them.



2 thoughts on “Ignus fatuus: Foolish Fire

  1. I was fortunate to work for an organization for 27 years that had the mantra “It’s all about the people.” and they meant it. I was one of those people supplying the new PC’s to new employees and the one who took all of the guff, as we can call it, when they weren’t ready when a new employee started. It’s all about communication and giving enough warning to the people who have to do the work.

  2. Sadly in this day it is sometimes difficult to find an employer that lives up to their mission statement. Sometimes clients are better treated than their employees. I’ve worked for both types of employers; some that live up to what they promise and some that do not. It does not take long as a new employee to know who you’re working for and what they’re all about.

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