Of all the love/hate relationships in the world, is there one any more mystifying than that between Labor and Management?
I suspect that the reason the employer/employee relationship is such a Kaibuki dance of posturing and insecurity is that no one trusts anyone–and probably for good reason.
I found the following in a job description. It was listed after the Summary of the Position and Requirements.
Candidates must undergo a criminal background check and drug test before being hired
Fun, supportive, high-trust working environment that rewards entrepreneurialism and creativity
In other words, we trust you…but only after you urinate in a cup for us.
I always pass on these “opportunities” but some day I’m going to ask the Hiring Manager if she would mind coming along with me to take a drug test, too–just to reassure me that I’m not about to work for a doped-up criminal.
Can’t be too careful these days.