When you speak with one voice, you have a lot more power than you think. It's this week's "Uncut" commentary.
Earlier this week, I posted a story on Facebook about a Nashville-area business that penalized an employee for violating the no cell phone calls policy.
I understand the reason for the policy. Private calls can interfere with productivity. But, in this case, the phone call came from her son serving in the Marines Corps in Afghanistan. He's been there seven months and gets access to a satellite phone to call her once a month.
The mother worked at a company called Crane Interiors, knew the call violated the policy and didn't care. She took the call.
Now, that would seem to be a logical exception to me, nope.
She was suspended for three days without pay and warned that if it happened again, she would be fired. That might have been the end of it, but regular folks heard about it and fired off a few phone calls of their own to the company bosses. They told them in no uncertain terms what they thought about the policy and the suspension.
Yes, some of the calls were even threatening. The good news is the company saw the light and lifted the suspension, apologized to the mother and paid her for her days lost. They also revised the cell phone policy and issued a statement.
"We appreciate all that have served in the past, those that currently serve, and all that will serve in the future."
See what I mean? Sometimes, you have a lot more power than you think.
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