In Norway there are now thousands of people in the public sector on strike and the parts involved are miles apart. The power of unions in Norway are very strong so they have decided to take people out of work to faster reach an agreement. This is how the Norwegian model work, power is equal. A question came to me when hearing about this, does unions actually improve work in terms of organizational performance and employment practices?
This sums up the point I was trying to make in my last post. Very good article which emphasizes the value of empowering your employees.
I would like to propose a workplace version of the Miranda Warning. You’re probably familiar with it, but if not, it’s the warning given by police officers in the United States to criminal suspects before they take them into custody and question them. The Miranda Warning (aka, Miranda Rights) goes like this:
“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say or do can and will be held against you in a court of law. You have the right to speak to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you. Do you understand these rights as they have been read to you?”
My workplace version of the Miranda Warning is to protect employees’ rights to make their own decisions and to remind over-controlling leaders to back off, quit grabbing control (because you think your way is the best and only way), and…
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One might think that if there is anyone we shouldn’t be gaining knowledge from at the moment it is the Greeks. That is true considering the current economic situation, but Greece has a long history, a history of leadership and democracy.