Walk Awhile in My Shoes - Eric Harvey & Steve Ventura (Non-Fiction)
Released December 1996
Since the economy tumbled, my husband's plant has been a less than enjoyable environment. I hear many complaints from not only him but also his co-workers. With that in hand, I found it amusing that management recently handed the union workers a copy of Walk Awhile in My Shoes. I only hope management were all handed copies too.
In a nutshell, this is a collect of things managers want employees to know and vice versa. It's the things I hear co-workers complain about, but then say they know if they tell the management or union steward that they will be labeled as a complainer or whiner. Not a great atmosphere...
Have you ever become frustrated when you tried to meet management's changing demands and are still told you're wrong? Are you sick of hearing how poor a performance you're giving and never hearing that you've done anything right? Are you super tired of doing not only your job but also that of a slacking co-worker and not having management take any action? If you've answered yes to any of these, you'll find yourself cheering with each statement in Walk Awhile in My Shoes.
On the management side, there are also the common issues covered such as dreading having to give employee performance ratings, trying not to befriend your employees and getting employees to realize you're not the enemy. I've been among management and know that can be a struggle as well, though in that plant the owner was everyone's friend and did an amazing job balancing work with pleasure so that everyone loved working there. I know it can be done with the right person at the helm.
Having read this book now for my own, I have to wonder, however, how many managers will take the message seriously. I know there are some plants where it will work, but I've also seen many situations where being the boss simply is a power trip and for that type of person, this book won't change a thing. In a plant like my husband's where the managers love to point fingers to keep themselves from getting in trouble with the owner when they make a bad decision or misconstrue engineering results leading to incorrect production instructions, I can't see anything in this book persuading them to change.