All entries for Tuesday 01 May 2012
May 01, 2012
I feel sad for the cat in the microwave Rasmus mentioned in the class yesterday.
also for the old lady, the owner of the cat who has no intention to boil her cat.
Come to think about it, the case gives us a picture of how dangerous and hazardous it is to let someone operate whatever machine without knowledge. But to what extent does one need to know?
A safety precautions and other things related to health are seriously necessary, and I wonder if the old lady should have at least basic knowledge of how microwave works (how things get heated up inside that closed door).
I doubt if the safety precautions would include -do not use microwave to dry cat.
Sometimes, some incidents are beyond what we could think of at the first place, (error in anticipation).
One way to deal with this situation is to make a person by himself, be concious and curious and be aware of the situation, of what he is doing. Always ask for second opinion or refer to the manual when in doubt.
Most imporatantly, company must be responsible to educate their employees and take health & Safety seriously, putting in place and preventive measure to prevent any loss or damage.
If we lost a person it does not mean we lost only one life, because that person could be a whole world to someone.
People,....most valuable assets to the company?
When people claim that employees are the most valuable asset to the company, I don't think they really give much thought about it, and most of the time they must have referred to only hard-working and dedicated employees.
and that could not be more true, good employees are indeed company's assets, we cannot quantify what an employee could bring to the table in terms of financial figure. They are like seeds, if the company plant them and nurture them, they will flourish into a big tree, yield enough fruit for prosperity.
However, should bad employees be considered assets? or liabilities?
there are some examples I have seen, a supervisor has been with the company for 20 years, she stays supervisor for the last 5 years, and there is no career propect for her because she's been outperformed by other colleagues and new comers.
The thing is, the company cannot fire her without good cause (otherwise they might have to face wrongful termination lawsuit or severance), so they keep her but limited her career advancement,....
How sad it is,...what are other things should company do when they already done anything possible to develop an employee but it does not work?
is it worth spending time and money and other resoureces to develop an almost-impossible to develop employee?
would it be better to strengthen recruitment?