I recently wrote of Roger Ascham, and it reminded me of something that has long been a gripe of mine. Why is it that so many seem to think that fear is the best way to motivate? I read recently that research into the behaviour of managers, shows that one third are, “Too afraid to be off ill”.
Apart from being morally indefensible, this is surely counter-productive. They go into work when they should not, are more likely to make mistakes, and will share their, flu or whatever,with their colleagues.
The Quality of Working Life report from the CMI, also showed that 90% of managers worked unpaid overtime, despite many of them admitting that it was damaging their health, their family lives and their own professional development.
From another perspective then, these managers are routinely prepared to take decisions that result in damage to themselves, to their family and even to their careers. And we are employing these people?
And so, back to Ascham:
“I said… how, and why, young children were sooner allured by love, than driven by beating, to attain good learning.”
This was published in 1570. How, and why, are we taking so long to learn it.