My company is doing a company wide survey for feed back on how we believe the company and the company executives are doing. And they want our open and honest opinions on this survey and claim it is anonymous.
I can remember years ago when I worked for a major military contractor. They did one of these surveys and the results showed that the overall feeling of the employees was that the executives had no integrity. We got called to a town hall meeting where, I kid you not, the executives stood up and said, “Obviously if the company is lacking integrity it is you employees that have no integrity!” Really?! Well that ticked me off. They asked us to send them (via internal web page) our honest opinions and it would be handled anonymously in order to help the company be better. I did just that. I didn’t hold back. I let them have it with both barrels because the executives at that time were doing some really shady things and ripping off the government. I got an email response asking me to contact the Senior Executive Vice President for a meeting. The email chain showed that the webpage generated an email with all of my data on it and went to the director of HR (the guy who asked for the responses) then to the Executive Vice President of HR to the Senior Executive Vice President to the CFO to the CEO back down to the CFO and then to the Senior Executive Vice President to his secretary to me. So much for anonymous. Anyway, I went to this meeting and was informed for forty-five minutes how the executives are like lords of the land (no kidding exact words) and that the rest of us were peasants or common employees (again exact words) and how I need to learn my place.
Now, I don’t know about anyone else. But I feel like I am a King. I may not be one. But I view myself as regal and noble and able to lead and willing to be kind and full of integrity and compassion and love. In short, I see myself as someone who could have been a lord or King and a great one if this world was like it was in the middle ages. That said, you don’t tell someone they are a peasant and a common employee even if it is true. Because that belittles people and they don’t usually respond in kind.
Anyway, I left that meeting not happy. Very shortly later, lay offs came and guess who was let go? Yep, me. Even though the guy sitting next to me started and was running a personal business on company time and using company resources. If anyone deserved to lose his job it was him. Did he? Nope. I heard later they promoted him. Go figure.
So, when my company asks for my opinion on how we are doing, you bet I fill it out. And I answer everything about how amazingly great this company is, simply the best company I have ever worked for. The executives are so awesome to know just how to create the most superior work environment that I am surprised there are not people just clambering at the door for the opportunity to work here. And that is my honest opinion
Latest posts by praquilone (see all)
- Hoping for a Winter Wonderland … Freezing Rain is Predicted … Hope with Me for Snow - December 5, 2013
- What I Want for Christmas … I Wish I Knew - December 3, 2013
- What it Means to be an American … Comical Conversation Overheard Recently at my Home - December 2, 2013