An email request was recently sent to the office soliciting associates to participate in a joint management/non management task force to improve departmental processes. Good idea, right? Maybe if the management team consists of a different group of people.
If that sounds mean I have reason, having been on the first task force of this kind our department created last year. It was a communication centered task force, where it’s easily assumed that the objective was to improve departmental communication. After one or two effective changes were made management became preoccupied with planning team building exercises for the department where many of the management group members, me being one of them, wanted to keep the focus on communication. Eventually us faithful few gave up the fight and let management do their thing.
After that experience I’ve had my feel of trying to work along side management. Ill provide my suggestions via a suggestion box–if they employ one–and keep my frustrations to a minimum.