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Treat People Like People


Treat People Like People

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what a very well thought out and written piece, I agree whole heartedly
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I always hate it when supposedly intelligent people try to group others together by something as nebulous as a generation. They meticulously compile and analyze statistics to get to a generalization, which they then abuse by trying to apply it to all members of the class.

Treat people like people. Stop trying to guess what they'll be like based on their age and just ask.
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I think that calling them Millennials dehumanizes them from the very beginning. Not everyone is exactly the same. Having said that, the idea that treating employees like people and not commodities is difficult when the only measurement business uses is the quarterly results. The new graduates may want soft benefits but if they have to give up pay to get them, they may sing a different tune. When they get into management, they will likely be changed by the corporate culture and treat their employees like commodities. They may be able to introduce some changes but it will be difficult.
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I could never understand why companies went from "Personnel" to "Human Resources". I feel like being thought of as somebody else's resource is a tad demeaning too (although it's better than being unemployed!) Thanks for the post!
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IMHO (5/25/2011)
I could never understand why companies went from "Personnel" to "Human Resources". I feel like being thought of as somebody else's resource is a tad demeaning too (although it's better than being unemployed!) Thanks for the post!


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I see lots of companies starting to see that they can benefit from the fact that so many people are running around with smart phones. What I don't see is a willingness or even an acknowledgement that it might be a two way street. If you want me to use my personal device at work, don't be surprised when I use it to handle personal tasks at work. It's my phone and I'm paying for the voice and data plans, so don't expect me to just turn it over to you for half my waking hours or more. Also, somebody (not me!) better figure out a way to protect the company data that makes it to my phone without having to wipe my whole phone.

If my personal information can't remain safe from your actions and I can't conduct personal business on my own phone, then it's not really my own phone. At that point, somebody better cough up some cash. Or just give me a company phone and I'll leave mine turned off in my pocket or in my glove compartment or in my desk during work, just like I had to do before you 'allowed' me to use it for work.

I heard one fellow put it this way: "I'd give anybody who asks a company smartphone. That means I get an extra 20 hours a week out of them for $100/mo or less. Better yet, let them hook up their personal phones to the company systems and I get that 20 hours a week for free." Hell of an attitude there, and not someone I can respect.
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sknox (5/25/2011)
I always hate it when supposedly intelligent people try to group others together by something as nebulous as a generation. They meticulously compile and analyze statistics to get to a generalization, which they then abuse by trying to apply it to all members of the class.

Treat people like people. Stop trying to guess what they'll be like based on their age and just ask.


This is one I kind of struggle with. It's a fact that people in a given generation tend to have the same world view. By knowing what that tendency is can help you when starting to approach someone. However, it is just a tendency so not everyone in a generation is going to hold to those views and you need to actually pay attention to them as people so you can recognize when that's happening. Likewise, people in another generation (either older or newer) may have the world view that tends to belong to a different generation. By knowing the predominant ways of looking at things that people have can help with how to deal with people in general but it's important to know that it's a tendency, not a rule.
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Nice editorial and I couldn't agree more that companies should not treat employees like resources or objects. Unfortunately the corporate world has too many companies that treat people like disposable objects.

Knowing this, the employee mindset should adjust accordingly. Move around from company to company as opportunities become available to advance quicker and continually grow your career. It's alot easier to think of a company as a resource or an object than a person.
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A pet peeve of mine is not when companies or HR departments refer to people as resources, but when we in IT do so. I'll be in planning meetings with IT Managers, Directors and Project Managers, and someone will say 'I have one resource you can use for 2 months, but then I need an additional resource for the next 3 months'. I have to stop, collect myself and restate what they said back to them ' You mean you have Joe available to work on our team for 2 months, but you'll need Judy to join your team for the next 3 months'.

We know and work with these people every day, and I'm a firm believer that how we say things and talk about people is very important.

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