By: Rick Boxx
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你的公司是否定期解僱表現最差的員工？或者你曾在有這樣政策的公司工作過嗎？當公司這麼做，你有何感覺？你覺得這種做法對嗎？ 「一個好的經理（真正的領袖）不是解僱令人不滿意的員工，而是把他們放在他們最能運用自己長處和技巧的職位。」你對這句話有何看法？ 你對於把經理（領袖）的角色比喻為牧羊人有何看法？ 為何聖經常把人們比喻為牧羊人和羊群？你認為這比喻妥當嗎？請解釋。
WHITTLING DOWN THE WORKFORCE – CULLING THE “FLOCK”
By: Rick Boxx
A personnel practice frequently used by some leaders in the corporate world includes eliminating the lowest-performing 10 percent of their workforce each year. Although this may seem like an efficient approach to eliminating under-performers, it overlooks some important mitigating factors, such as poor management and the error of asking good people to do jobs for which they are not suited.
It has been said that anyone can terminate an employee; the mark of a good manager – a true leader – is the ability to discover people”s strengths and talents and to develop them into top-performing members of the team by placing them in positions where they can excel.
Too often managers regard the people working for them as objects, mere tools for accomplishing their corporate goals and objectives. However, leaders understand the important stewardship responsibility that has been entrusted to them – that of dealing with people in a wise and caring manner. In fact, the Bible often uses the metaphor of shepherds tending to their sheep:
Caring for the sheep. In the Old Testament, for example, it states, “Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds…the lambs will provide you with clothing, and the goats with the price of a field” (Proverbs 27:23-26). In other words, if you devote proper attention to those entrusted to your care, they will return a substantial profit to you.
Abusing the sheep. In the prophetic book of Ezekiel, God has called His people to lead as shepherds, rather than tyrants. He condemns heavy-handed ways when He says, "Woe to the shepherds of Israel who only take care of themselves! Should not shepherds take care of the flock?… You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally" (Ezekiel 34:2-4).
Pursuing the sheep. In the New Testament, Jesus spoke of the great value of each individual sheep, even the ones that stray from the flock. “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off” (Matthew 18:12-13).
Leading the sheep. In another place, Jesus applied the shepherd analogy to Himself, pointing to the selfless, sacrificial nature of the true leader: “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away…. I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me…and I lay down my life for the sheep” (John 10:11-15).
Feeding the sheep. And toward the end of his time on earth, Jesus delegated responsibility for His “sheep” to His disciple, Peter, telling him three times, “Feed my lambs…take care of my sheep…feed my sheep” (John 21:15-22).
The message is clear: If you manage people, love them individually as a compassionate shepherd would, rather than treating them as tools to be discarded when you no longer need them.
Copyright 2010, Integrity Resource Center, Inc. Adapted with permission from "Integrity Moments with Rick Boxx," a commentary on issues of integrity in the workplace from a Christian perspective. To learn more about Integrity Resource Center or to sign up for Rick”s daily Integrity Moments, visit www.integrityresource.org.
Does your workplace utilize a policy of eliminating the lowest-performing employees on a recurring basis, or have you ever worked at a place where that operating philosophy was followed? What is your reaction to such a practice – do you think it can be justified? What do you think of the statement that a mark of a good manager, a true leader, is not in terminating unsatisfactory performers but in developing them by putting them in places where they can best utilize their strengths and skills? How do you respond to the analogy that relates the role of a manager or leader to that of being a shepherd? Why do you think the Bible so frequently compares people to shepherds and sheep? Do you believe this comparison is valid? Explain your answer.
NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more about this subject, consider the following passages:
Psalm 23:1-6; Isaiah 53:6-7; Matthew 25:32-33; Luke 15:3-7; John 10:1-10; 1 Peter 2:25