Welcome to the May 2009 issue of Alignment Solutions! We are pleased to announce that our first teleseminar for 2009 will take place on Thursday, May 28th at 9 a.m. Pacific time. "Is Your Organization Ready to Pass the Employee Free Choice Act 'Test?'" addresses what this legislation will mean for employers, why taking immediate action is critical, and the four key areas of employee concern you must assess. While there is no charge for this teleseminar, you must register on the Business Alignment Strategies web site. Simply go to the Teleseminars page, click on the registration link for this session, and enter your contact information.
Our new article series called Research News You Can Use selects findings of academic research that are applicable in the workplace, and suggests how you might implement them in your organization.
Premise: Employee trust in managers results in an increase in job performance and a decrease in undesirable outcomes such as intention to leave the organization. Current research examines two related phenomena: the effects of manager trust in employees, and of mutual trust.
This month's theme is "preparing for the new reality of labor-management relations." The proposed Employee Free Choice Act or similar federal legislation is highly likely to pass in the near future, shifting the balance of power from employers to unions. What will this mean for employers and employees?
The Feature Article, "Preparing for the New World of Labor-Management Relations," provides ten suggestions for addressing the upcoming new reality.
In "The Employer Performance Scorecard," the Business Solutions section describes a tool that can be used to assess employees' perceptions of how well their organizations treat them. We identify four key elements known to influence those perceptions.
In the Personal Solutions section, "What to Do When the Emperor Has No Clothes" suggests two techniques you can use to influence leaders who don't walk the organization's talk.
I invite you to visit my web site at www.BusinessAlignmentStrategies.com to find other articles and resources that may be of value to you and your colleagues. I welcome your feedback!
Preparing for the New World of Labor-Management Relations
The proposed Employee Free Choice Act is focusing attention on the nature and quality of labor-management relations in the U.S. Given the current political climate and the number of Democrats in decision-making positions in Washington, it is highly likely that some version of this bill will be passed, sooner rather than later. Among other provisions, this legislation makes it easier for unions to organize workers.
In essence, employees will be asking themselves this question: "How does my employer treat me on a day-to-day basis?" If your employees are satisfied with the answer to that question, it's unlikely that they will choose to join a union. However, if they are dissatisfied with the answer, they will be far more likely to exercise their right to seek third-party representation.
How can employers prepare for this new world of labor-management relations? Here are ten suggestions to get you started:
For a tool to guide you in assessing your work environment, see the Business Solutions section of this newsletter.