Here’s a juicy update from a reader (who, for reasons that will become obvious, prefers to remain anonymous). He works for a struggling company, with an ogre of a CEO. The CEO saw employees’ highly unfavorable ratings of him on Glassdoor.com, and instructed the IT department to turn over the names of any employee who had (unwisely) logged onto Glassdoor.com from their work computer, so that he could fire them.
Not surprisingly, it turns out this did little to improve employees’ ratings of him, and even less to improve the performance of the company.
But there is still a valuable lesson here. Be sure to log onto Glassdoor.com from your home computer!
Leadership is a key pillar of organizational success – it’s one of the three “environments” that we capture in assessing organizations through the McBassi People Index®.
There’s a great post on the HBR blog by Cleve Stevens about the 4 needs that leaders must satisfy for their employees: the need to love and be loved, the need to grow, the need to contribute, and the need for meaning.
Stevens argues that meeting all of these needs through the employment relationship is not easy, but when it does happen, “people instinctively play a bigger game, and show up in a more passionate, creative, engaged, and effective way.”
And, of course, every organization could use more of that!