September 2007 Vol. 6 No. 9
You Rather Hire A Gang Member or An Employee???? by Barbara Metzger
I had to chuckle with some of Ira's facts. Over 70% of currently employed
workers surveyed rated themselves excellent on teamwork. 70%.WOW! Are
70% of your employees excellent at teamwork?
I had to chuckle because these were current employees out looking for
new jobs. If more than a third of them are extremely satisfied with
their jobs, does it seem like excellent teamwork to be looking for another
It would be logical for an employer to want to hire an employee over
a gang member. Remember what your mom used to say, pick your friends
carefully. And I would agree with them. Except, I like to twist things
up ever once in a while.
I am not suggesting you go find current street gang members to hire.
However, let's look at the characteristics of a solid gang.
- Clear mission or vision they all know.
- Strong leader
- They have each other's back
- They know their own role
Sounds like a great plan to me.
However, I don't know of a single street gang where I would fit in.
I don't share their values, mission or vision. Because I don't share
these, it would guarantee it won't work in the long run ... or even
the short one.
It is just easier to see with these extreme examples than it is for
the regular workplace. It still applies.
It would seem to me, the workplace leaders need to get the top two
things in order and very solid before they recruit or hire team/gang
members. Once this is done, it is easier to create a plan for hiring
members that align with the vision and values of the organization.
When Dr. Michael O'Connor, co-author of Managing by Values, has helped
put clear values in place in an organization, an interesting development
has repeatedly happened. The existing team members not aligning with
the values, begin to leave because it becomes too uncomfortable for
And productivity and profits go up.
It is not simple. As we all know, it is easier to make a list of values
than it is to live by them. It means all decisions, all actions - for
internal and external customers - have to be consistent with the clear
mission and vision. It takes strong leaders to put this in place.
If your employees were surveyed, would they be able to tell what the
company mission, vision and values are? Would they be able to give examples
of these in action? Are the employees in alignment? Do you have a hiring
process to know the fit of the applicants for your company?
We can help you build the solid gang - the good kind. Barbara@maxproductivity.com
or (512) 278-1200.