Even The Corporate Sector Is Acknowledging The Role Of WorkPlace Satisfaction

Just a quick pointer today to an article in the 8/19/2019 edition of the Washington Post written by Kena McGregor that reports on changing attitudes among top for-profit CEOs toward the singular goal of shareholder profit.

Adaptistration People 021You don’t need very much experience in this field to know that nonprofit arts and culture boards have been increasingly focused on adopting similar zero tolerance policies toward balanced budgets in the name of institutional mission at all costs.

It’s a common cornerstone of talking points during labor disputes and times of extreme cost-cutting to justify harming work satisfaction, productivity, and morale. Any degraded performance toward reaching mission driven goals is secondary.

Just think about how many times you’ve encountered the phrase “we aren’t here to create jobs for musicians or staffers, we’re here to deliver our mission.”

The WaPo article includes the following excerpt from the CEO group’s public statement.

“Americans deserve an economy that allows each person to succeed through hard work and creativity and to lead a life of meaning and dignity,” reads the statement from the organization, which is chaired by JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon.

While there are no shortage of devil level details in select words such as “success” the statement does change a fundamental principle that has gone unchallenged for decades.

All of this dovetails into the WorkPlace Satisfaction articles here at Adaptistration. It’s a topic the field actively ignores, but if the corporate sector can begin to change, why can’t we?

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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