Climbing the Unemployment Ladder

If it were up to me, I’d leave climbing ladders up to firefighters, construction workers and repair personnel. Now, I’m not saying Corporate Ladders are good or bad as I might find myself on one again, hopefully sooner than later, but what I am suggesting is we evaluate them as to their efficacy given what has occurred over the last 5 years. It appears that these ladders have been weakened and/or snapped into many unidentifiable parts due to corruption and abuse.

You see, if rungs of these ladders have been removed or reconfigured, trying to move up could be virtually impossible and on your way down, for whatever reason, one could misstep and fall to the ground. Also, the higher the ladder, the less likely you’re able to see what people are doing below. Yes, that’s what managers and supervisors are for, but then again so many of these companies are over-grown; you’d need way too many supervisors, say every 15-20 rungs, just to keep sight of everything.

Alas, this is one of the negative issues staring down at us. Personally, I think many businesses have lost sight of their goal as a result of growth and development; they have lost track of the ball and have become greedy and complacent.

So, I ask, what practical purpose do Corporate Ladders have in today’s labor structure?

A ladder is simply a means of climbing up or down; if companies refer to “working in teams”, how do teams work on a ladder? How many people fit on one rung? Uh, one, last I tried. Teams work laterally, not vertically. It is here that another breakdown occurs. Do Companies say one thing, yet do another? Is this possibly a major reason of corporate failure today? Talking out of both sides of ones’ mouth is just as risky as trying to fit two people on one rung of a ladder.

Isn’t it easier to see across than up and down? A true team works side-by-side to attain the same goal.

If the industry is a healthy one, that goal becomes easier and more practical to reach. Perhaps Business Executives should take a lesson from the sports teams to which they constantly refer at the coffee machines in their offices; yeah, there’s always just a couple of players that score most of the points, but in the end these high-scoring athletes always thank the team as a whole for the win. As long as Corporate America practices unsportsmanlike conduct, we will not win or achieve our objectives. We’re constantly reminded as children, it’s not if you win or lose, it’s how you play the game. Quite possibly if we played a better game and treated one another as the decent human beings we are, we could win more games, enjoy the win knowing we played fairly, and go back to really working together as a team, not up and down like some staircase that just gets stepped on or over.

Corporations really need to be pillars of horizontal growth, support and strength reaching and working together laterally, not like some rung of a ladder that, again, you use to step on just to get from point A to point B.

If you take a look at why ladders are used, it’s usually for emergency purposes; to fight fires or for other rescue or urgent repair efforts. If companies always operate on the principle of a ladder, then they appear to be always fighting some sort of fire or battling some sort of crisis.

Sound familiar? Could it be this is why millions of us are out of work? Is there some kind of corporate disconnect between them and us that is now rearing its ugly head no one has discovered until now?

Sniff, Sniff–hey, I smell a fire! Anyone got a ladder?

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