March 29, 2012

…stupid inequality

One of my friend is working in a global orgainization, meaning that people under one department are located in several cities (in this case, Bangkok, Budapest and Curitiba).
A while ago, each location was given a budget, equally in amount, to organize team-building activitiy.
My friend was appointed into the team-building committee, organizing a two day and one night trip to the beach near by, staying at a decent 3 stars hotel instead of having everything done in one day as it used to be.

However, the proposal was not approved by the big boss. As she was told, the reason behind the rejection was because in the same budget, the colleagues in Hungary and Brazil were not able to pull off an overnight team-building.
Thus, Bangkok employees were only allowed to have a one-day teambuilding activity.

Did the boss show a good quality of leadership by not approving Bangkok employees from having an overnight event in order not to create any inequal feelings to the employees based in another two locations?

To me, he (the boss) limited the employee's good initiatives; when his subsidiaries were able to come up with something creatives, out of the box and likely to promote the team unity (amoung Bangkok employees), I don't think using the term 'creating unequal working atmosphere' is really applicable under this circumstance.

Yes, my friend went berserk over the

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  1. In my opinion the ‘no GO’ decision was bad. First of all, why would employees from other cities object to what other teams are doing? All of them had the same amount of money and were ‘free’ to do what they wanted. Other teams should not have anything to say about decisions of other teams!
    Second of all, if they wanted to make it so equal, the big boss should have prepared the same activity and tell teams to ogranise the same day, different places – just rubbish!

    30 Mar 2012, 15:48

  2. Ungsutorn Thavornlertrat


    Eventhough that decision was made in attempt to keep employees outside Thailand happy, but how would that make employees in Bangkok feel?

    I’m sure being a leader, you need to be very understanding and have a smart way to compromise the situation.

    in this situation, ppl are demotivated and feel inequality….darn!

    30 Mar 2012, 16:15

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