Coddled Eggs Are A Luxury, Coddled Employees Are Not.

by Ken Vincent, Featured Contributor

Who wouldn’t love to have a serving of coddled eggs this morning?  Ah, one of life’s little luxuries.

But are you instead waking to a group of coddled employees?

Leadership & TalentWe all understand the importance, nay the necessity, of having happy employees.  People that are enthusiastic, engaged, believers in the program and in you their leader.  People that willingly go that extra mile to get a project finished on time, make that customer really happy, or help a coworker over a hump.

So, in an effort to achieve that we make an honest effort to make them feel appreciated.  A part of the team.  A valuable part of the workings of the business.  We do that by giving merit raises, promotions, thanking them for a job well done, congratulating them on their child’s graduation from high school, etc.

However, I am beginning to wonder if employers are not going too far in some cases.  Instead of getting happy and dedicated employees we are creating a generation of coddled employees.  Employees that feel entitled.  A staff that expects someone to give something to them because they are there.

Life can be hard sometimes.  Life is not always fair.  Are we creating a generation of future managers that are not emotionally equipped to handle setbacks, failures, and disappointments?  Are we creating a shell of coddled eggs?  Where do you draw that line in the sand between creating happy employees and coddling them to their own demise?  What actions take you into that area of creating coddled employees?

Ken Vincent
Ken Vincent
KEN is a 46 year veteran hotelier and entrepreneur. Formerly owned two hotels, an advertising agency, a wholesale tour company, a POS company, a leasing company, and a hotel management company. The hotels included chain owned, franchises, and independents. They ranged in type from small luxury inns, to limited service properties, to large convention hotels and resorts. After retiring he authored a book, “So Many Hotels, So Little Time” in which he relates what life is like behind the scenes for a hotel manager. Ken operated more that 100 hotels and resorts in the US and Caribbean and formed eight companies. He is a firm believer that senior management should share their knowledge and experience with the next generation of management.

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