Employee Engagement

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Sep 25, 2020

EX Military: Employee Experience Lessons for Business Growth

by Josh Apsey

When I was in the Marine Corps, my opinion didn’t matter. I was extremely young, and the expectation was only that I follow commands and let my training do the rest. Given the nature of military action, this is an understandable arrangement, but it doesn’t jive with the sort of productive workforce companies look to build in the civilian sphere. I knew this at the time, and it frustrated me beyond comprehension. My value as a thinker and the ideas I can offer are not limited by my age or even my rank. My survival and the success of the overall mission are intertwined, so what use is it to senior staff to ignore my contributions? Why won’t they take the time to hear them? It just isn’t done. Our manuals are covered in lingo and rhetoric reflecting a bygone era of conventional war planning. The world is more complex than that, and the issues we face are certainly more dynamic. Interestingly, many embrace the opportunities of a future in which robotic troops are sent in rather than humans, but many more are keen to brush off the young Marine who believes he’s found a better way of doing something. Why does it work this way? Reason 1 – This is how it’s always been done If we believe that we’ve found success and our methods are sound, why would we make changes? What is the saying? “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Right? WRONG. The world is constantly […]

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