At a time that we are all fighting to save our companies, is there a conflict with protecting our own jobs? Are a company’s interests aligned with our personal professional and financial well-being? Well, it depends.

If I am an employee charged with lowering costs to help save the company money, do I reveal that some spend categories under my purview are very improvable? Will someone want to know what I have been doing all these years? Will my efforts to reach out to cost-reduction experts and help them achieve success within my organization be rewarded or be punished?

Does your company’s leadership look forward or look back? Are they looking for someone to blame or someone to help the organization become more competitive? My personal preference would be to give my employer the best that I can. I would assume that I am better today than I was yesterday. If I can recognize and harness other expertise to help me produce better results, I’d act in what I would believe to be the mutual interest of the company and myself. But what if my superior now expresses upset that I didn’t produce the same results last year? Here are some thoughts to express:
  • Would you prefer that I repeat last year’s misjudgment?
  • I am making an effort way above and beyond to help the company at this critical time. Why are you punishing me for that?
  • Are we about getting better and more competitive or about assigning blame?

If you want to serve yourself, do the right thing. Serve the best interest of the people and organization that you are a part of. Trust that doing the right thing is almost always the best direction.
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Abe Podolak

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