Posted: April 20th, 2016

What do you do as a manager?

In no less than 100 words; respond to the following: Imagine as you are logging off and locking up for the night you receive an announcement that the company is basically shutting down in an oh by the way communication approach. Oh, by the way you all don t have jobs anymore so don t bother coming in tomorrow unfortunately this is an approach that a lot of companies utilize. The company chooses a communication strategy of denial, to deny information that they know is true if someone finds out and questions them about it. The company chooses to conceal information instead of communicating it because they are concerned that their top people will leave the company and cause it to struggle even more before they have to shut the doors. This type of communication strategy takes any possibility of the employees or managers being able to help come up with solutions or ideas that potentially could save a company, or come up with an alternative to a major negative situation. It also prevents other companies from raiding your talent pool early, I was recruited to come back to Texas as a Southwest Regional Sales Director by a National medical/surgical distribution company with their distribution centers in Waco, Houston, and Phoenix. During my interviews the hiring VP informed me that I would be living in Dallas and they wanted me near the airport preferably on the North West side to facilitate travel to all of our customers within the three state areas. It all sounded logical even the housing location, I was offered temporary housing in Irving, TX for myself and my family and after we accepted the position we moved in. It wasn t long before I was approached in the lunch /breakroom while visiting the Waco facility and I was asked if the rumors were true that we were closing the Waco DC and moving to Dallas? As you have probably guessed I didn t know anything about closing or moving the DC and it turned out to be true. I watched the company VP, deny send out e mails, and even respond to reporters from the local newspaper in Waco who had found tax records were the company had purchased land (to build a new DC in the Dallas metroplex are NW of the Dallas airport) because he was afraid that the employees would all leave early and find other employment. It didn t take me long to realize this was not a boss I wanted to work for nor was it a company I wanted to be associated with, I left the company after 13 months and went to another company. Q: As a manager you have to make your numbers, your company is dependent upon you, your employees are dependent upon you, your suppliers are dependent upon you you find out that your company is closing down your facility and you have been told that you can not communicate the information to anyone or you will be terminated! What do you do as a manager?

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