||Issue No. 355||01 December 2006|
Seven Year Itch
Interview: Flying High
Unions: TUF on Toll
Industrial: Forward to the Past
Economics: Debt and the Economy
Obituary: The Charlatanry of Milton Friedman
Environment: Low Voltage
Legal: The Fair Deal
Review: A Little History
Boss With a Heart
Letters to the Editor
Boss With a Heart
This is a little strange for me to be writing this, for you see, I am actually a manager who has worked in the security industry for many many years who started as a casual guard so long ago I can't really remember when it was. The reason I thought I would write is simply because, having working with so many wonderful security employees I just wanted let everyone know that there some managers (me for one) who hold you in the highest regard.
Without all of you on the coal face (so to speak) the rest of us who sit in the head offices would be nothing ... it's all of you who make the big dollars for the share holders and directors, and what do you get - probably the lowest wage and hourly rate imaginable. I am one manager who is happy to admit that the very people whom we employ (and often never support when they really need it the most) are seen as nothing more than just a payroll number who can be manipulated and thrown from site to site or differing rosters without a single thought for how it will effect them or their families. To cut a long story short ... after almost 10 years working for the biggest security provider in the country (maybe the world) I was questioned re my loyalty to the company and why I was showing compassion toward an employee during a family crisis and allowing him some time off. Following this ... several more conversations and meetings took place, until eventually I was dismissed (or sacked if you want it simple terms) because they had issues with my loyalty to the company!
I will end this by saying ... please remember there are some of us who have been in the same position some of you are in right now, and we respect you and hold you in the highest regard. We will (or I will) continue to support the guys and girls for whom I am responsible for to try and make their day at work just that little bit more enjoyable - even if it does cost me my job (which it did ... and if I have to do it again, I wil).
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