My name is Adrian B and I know that you don’t care instead here is my employee number 1234.
Look I know is going to piss you off and this in going to look like I am causing problems. I’m not! I care for this plant, where I spend most of my time in the last 12 years and that’s why I’ve got the nerve to write this letter. Please take the time to really read this letter and digest it because it reflects the feeling of your new employees.
Recently you bought our company and last month your HR corporate manager came down to inform us about new changes in our plant. Your HR corporate manager presentation was a little bit of bullying: like IT’S ONLY BUSINESS and WE SHOULD BE LUCKY THAT WE HAVE A JOB. We find out that last year you close four plants and you are feeling so content about that, we got that from your HR.
We realized by now that you bought us only for our business and our customers. But who is doing your business and who deliver the product to the costumers. Yes the employee and that’s US. Then you should be lucky to have us otherwise you don’t have anybody to manage. We have many smart employees whose passion for work has been drained because of your last changes. Everybody doesn’t care about the quality of the product anymore. It’s just another day for them.
What I am trying to say is that we are not only numbers for you we are people just like your family. You are like a captain of a ship who has to take care of his ship and people not to throw them over the board and sink the ship if you don’t like them.
When you cut our benefits and make us to pay for them you save around 80.000$ a year (for all employee). That’s not bad for a plant whose yearly profit is 500.000 $. I hope you get my sarcasm. We got here by implementing very good programs like: 7 wastes, 5S, SMED, KAIZEN that are focusing on waste elimination and to improve safety, quality, cost, costumer service, innovation and teamwork.
Now everybody will get the same salary increase, if you decide to give one. I will get the same percentage like the one who’s coming at work just to collect some money. You are going to reward mediocrity . You know one of the main core values was PEOPLE in translation for you ” The best place to work for the best people”. It’s very hard to raise a team to it’s best but it’s so simple to raise an equity of a corporation.
I bet when you visit our plant you thought you are in a space ship with all the robots and vision systems. Unfortunately when I saw your automation that came to us from your old plant I was impressed that you are still in business. You are 25 year behind us on everything: management, quality, automation and more.
I am fed up with this so-called CEO who’s management skills are limited to just making money for the day and not thinking of tomorrow. We all know that you close your plant because they had union but with this changes don’t be surprise when people will bring the union in this plant too. You need to bring humanity back into the business. Leading corporations are aware that most of the employees would trade a pay raise for an increase in personal wellness.
I am closing my letter with one hope that you will never ever go on reality show “Undercover Boss” don’t make yourself a hypocrite too. But it’s not too late to watch the show so you can learn that is all about your employee. They are the one who thrive your company not the machines.