Why Society Needs Reintegration
The performance and discipline of the civilian workforce is an unpleasant sight. I fail to find a reason to “reintegrate” into a culture of laziness and disrespect that lacks the simple foundation of a good work ethic. Policies, procedures, and core values are in place for a reason. When not adhered to or enforced, they are simply a pile of paper that creates a pretty picture on a website.
The most common performance problem in today’s workforce is being late. Did you forget that you had 12 hours to figure out how to get back to work on time? I never knew showing up for my job on time was such a big deal. Hell, I thought it was normal.
I consistently show up fifteen minutes early and people ask me what I am doing at work so early. WTF, Over? How about spending some time focusing that attention on employees who are consistently late, yet still have a job. I question why these employees still have a job. The reply that I get is, “What are we supposed to do?”
Well, it goes something like this: measure performance against established guidelines and enforce them. Wow, what a concept. Who would have thought that the rules are there to be enforced? Yes, you may have to hurt a person’s feelings; after all, you do need your employee’s at work when they are scheduled! Alternatively, you can quit making a damn schedule, commence free for all mode and hope that somebody will show up at some point…not hung over.
The simple performance problems that go unsolved stem from a lack of leadership initiative. If nobody cares what the kids are doing, they will do what they want to do. When the majority of employees are unaware of current policies and procedures, that is again a leadership problem. Do not get mad if people are failing all over the place because they do not know what to do or how to do it.
If every day consists of putting out fires in a workplace that resembles an exploding shit storm, you might have a problem. Yes, you will actually have to fix it, which requires doing work.
I recently resigned from a position due to ethical reasons. The management would not support me in implementing procedures in accordance with established company policies. I met with every supervisor, every manager, and the general manager. No support.
I provided proof of almost $10,000 going out the door on a weekly basis due to the lack of adherence to policy. Yes, the consumers end up paying for this little problem in the form of higher prices. Thanks dickheads. This eventually led to an investigation. Meanwhile, I resigned and went on about my life, leaving the cluster fuck to devour itself.
I received a phone call from the company’s human resource department. We talked for a couple minutes and the call went something like this…
HR: This job is not like the military.
Me: How would you know? Are you a veteran?
Me: Is following established policy and procedure not a common expectation?
HR: Of course it is. Everyone is required to follow company rules.
Me: Is losing money due to a lack of leadership the current sales and marketing strategy?
HR: No, we are in the business of meeting sales goals.
Me: Would you like employees to operate in ways that are against company policy?
Me: So how is this different from the military?
HR: Silence….Thank you for your time, we will look into it.
If I were to keep doing my job in this way, the way that management wanted, I would be lying to myself on a daily basis and sacrificing my values to avoid confrontation. I was not going to allow that to happen because I have a strange and uncommon virtue that we military folks know as integrity.
Through this experience, I learned that reintegration is not an option for me, nor should it be for anyone. I expanded my knowledge through interviews with friends, family, co-workers, and college associates to find that this is all common practice. Outraged by the thought of a widespread lack of work ethic, responsibility, and ethics, I wonder if this is all that there is left.
In order to reintegrate, I would be required to lower my work ethic, abandon my values, live a lie every day, and not stand up for what I know to be right. How could this be attractive?
I think the problem is that this being a widespread problem in society, they do not know how to operate in an honest and upright manner. Therefore, society wants us to reintegrate instead of having to do the work required to develop and maintain a high level of integrity, discipline, and performance.
In order to make themselves feel and look better, they paint a picture of crazy veterans that are too serious and intolerant of any deviation from policy. Interestingly, most of these individuals have not served in the military. In reality, military personnel are accustom to working ungodly hours, often in intense and unforgiving environments while getting the job done and not getting paid extra for doing it.
We have all heard the common stereotype about the military brainwashing people. Brainwashing is a term that hippies and the like tend to over use and abuse. They either are unsure of its meaning or are unaware of how they are applying it.
If brainwashing teaches people to be punctual, honest, work hard, be an integral part of a cohesive unit or team, present a professional appearance, have respect for the people around you, clean up after yourself, be attentive to detail, and put yourself in danger to help or save another, I think that this word must be extremely positive and upstanding.
In any case, I believe that the people suffering from an evil social experiment are the everyday civilian workers that are unable and unwilling to produce the dedication and character embedded in military personnel.
We are not the one’s suffering from some sort of psychological mind reshuffle. We are the people that you want to emulate. Our will, dedication, and performance is undeniable. We are the assets that can turn this culture around and lead it to success. It is not about integrating or reintegrating; it is about doing what is right simply because it is the right thing to do.
Opinions expressed are that of the author and do not necessarily reflect that of The Rhino Den or its parent company, Ranger Up.