© 2009 Lynsey

054 – Still working

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. — Audrey Hepburn

Despite all the fronting glamour and sophistication of the high rise chrome and glass buildings in central Wellington, you only have to go around the back to find the slickness is skin deep. Maybe less.

And probably even lesser again inside, as the economic times tends to make people somehow surplus to requirements. I do understand how finite amounts of money and reduced cash flows make any business look twice at all its costs and resources. What I don’t understand is why the default action is to reduce the human resources to reduce the costs. I mean people, not the current fad of ‘human resources’.

I have no doubts that I’m naive and that there is some high-falutin’ economic theory that someone can point me back on the straight and narrow, but here’s how I see it. When I read a book I’m reading in just a few hours what the author has written over many hours, and this usually as a result of experience and research – it could be the summary of a lifetime’s work. And I can read it in minutes. With a loyal employee who’s been working for some time there’s a lot of experience gained on the job(s) plus a lot of informal learning gathered over time. We glibly write this off as ‘common sense’ as this it a) was common, and b) was something everyone is born with.

Instead of retrenched and redundant we should be looking as Audrey proposes – working with people so that they are restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. There’s a lot of value in a person with some work and life experience – we need more creative, proactive responses to make the best of the resources.

Manifesto
21. Every day seek the support of others. You are not alone.
28. Every day you will be tested.
48. Every day there are things you can’t change. You can change the way you think about them and deal with them.

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