Reframing the employee-employer relationship

Is providing fair pay enough to fulfill the employee-employer relationship? For some leaders, the answer is yes. Their frame of reference is, “We pay employees for a fair day of work; that should be enough to expect a fair day of work in return.” Leaders with this mindset are often resistant to spending money on their employees or doing more to support them. They may become frustrated and instead of considering how to support a struggling employee, start to consider options to replace them if they don’t start performing soon. Such a mindset can develop in a world where employee rights are not protected and there’s a constant supply of workers to meet the organization’s talent needs. For organizations to flourish to their full potential, the simple employee-employer relationship of money for time is a risky proposition. Why? The work world is rapidly changing with respect to employees’ expectations and employers’ responsibilities above and beyond pay. A few examples...

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Article by Bill Howatt, chief research and development officer of work force productivity with Morneau Shepell.