LO and Big Layoffs LO5394

Rol Fessenden (76234.3636@compuserve.com)
06 Feb 96 11:37:30 EST

Sb: LO and Big Layoffs LO5351

In response to comments that society is at risk in an environment in which
work stability does not exist, Grey Southon said in part, "Another issue
that seems to be consistently ignored is the impact on the social fibre of
the organisation itself. Effective organisational structures require
effective social structures that require the development of trust and
understanding. These cannot be developed with high instability."

I heard anecdotal stories about this in Bangkok and Hong Kong where people
referred to Japanese and American managers being sent out from the home
office to gain experience. In this "temporary" job, the dominant
operating philosophies of these managers has been, "No problems on my
shift" which is not exactly in the spirit of continuous improvement.

This is not an analogous situation -- quite -- to what we are discussing,
but it is interesting what the attitudes are in a similar situation where
people feel they are in a temporary situation. There may be parallels
with the work world we are discussing in the USA.

 Rol Fessenden
 LL Bean

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