Steve and Nicole Alcorn salcorn at avalon.net
Mon Jan 26 19:06:06 EST 1998

Do professors or doctors take any management courses like organizational

behavior or learn
empowerment techniques in dealing with employees?   If they do, how come

they call what others come up with there own and treat their employees
according to Theory X principles or in an autocratic nature?

I believe there are a few basic rules to managing any business.

1. never ask only certain employees to social occasions= creates
feelings of alienation + favoritism
2. never speak a foreign language in front of an employee--> leaves
employee asking why
3. never take credit for an idea that you did not come up with on your
own-> closes the creativity door******
4. follow equity guidelines in paying employees
5. stick to reward guidelines-> if an employee works hard and
accomplishes things, reward them do not belittle them.
6. work as hard as you would like to have people work for you
    ( coming in at 10:00 a.m. and leaving at 1:00 p.m.)
7. follow the Herzberg's and Maslows studies
8. if they do something beyond belief (in a positive manner) reward them

Here is an example of an incident.  An employee was going to do the
right thing and
was halted because the informal supervisor thought she knew better.  A
-70 C freezer had never had its filter cleaned so the compressor would
not be taxed because of it. A new employee-who knew how appliances work
because his family repaired and sold refrigerators and freezers-was
going to open the front panel to clean the clogged filter.  The employee
was stopped by his informal supervisor.  The employee explained that the
filter needed cleaning out because the compressor needed  to get air
return.  The employee was yelled at and reprimanded.  After a couple of
days, the second stage compressor failed costing the lab many hours and
scientific materials.

Do you think the employee will ever bring something up again?
Do you think if he or she comes up with a novel idea, do you think he or
she would share it?
Do you think this is employee empowerment in action?

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