Fortune Magazine’s Priorities
This month, Fortune magazine published its listing of the 100 best American companies to work for.
Unless you count a supplier of medical equipment, Gore-Tex products and two pharmaceutical companies, there were no manufacturing companies on the list.
The likes of GM, GE, Boeing and United Technologies were absent from the list of best American companies to work for.
The list seemed to infer that Americans wanted the softest, least demanding jobs where the personal perks were best.
Is this really what Americans want in their work place? Soft, cushy jobs with nice personal perks?
What about attributes such as challenging jobs with challenging goals? And difficult work environments that are rewarded when goals are met?
Is Fortune’s list merely what elites think?
Fortune used Great Place to Work to compile the survey.
But who is Great Place to Work? And what do they believe?
Their web site says a company’s culture is critical to its success. But that’s merely a view from HR.
From the Great Place to Work web site:
“Companies’ results on the Trust Index© survey are compared to peer organizations of like size and complexity. The Culture Audit© includes detailed questions about benefits, programs, and practices.”
And in addition, companies weren’t considered if they weren’t certified by Great Place to Work:
“To be considered for our Best Workplaces lists, companies must be Great Place to Work-Certified™.”
A soft culture, with cushy jobs is critical to success?
That’s not how to define success in manufacturing, where there are few cushy jobs, the work place may be somewhat dirty and demanding, and the demands for meeting cost and other objectives are hard to achieve.
Fortune’s “100 best American companies to work for” listing seems to be self serving, especially for their partner, Great Place to Work.
Fortune’s priorities don’t match what American manufacturing companies need to do, to compete in the world market.
Perhaps, a little old-fashioned roll-up-our-sleeves and meet the challenge is in order.
Manufacturing jobs may not be cushy, but they afford a real challenge for real Americans.
With a little less soft, HR elite thinking, maybe we can meet the challenge.
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