Friday, July 31, 2009

Chapter 4: A Changing World

“In a global economy, it becomes more important to respond to the needs of people.”

Society has changed and continues to change such that corporate practices also have to change without changing the core values. The knowledge of human motivation allows for the needs of employers as well as employees to be met. In the global economy, it becomes even more important to respond to the needs of people. With competition coming from all angles, departments that are unwilling to learn and expand will find their resources dwindling consistently, resulting in a decrease in services and tax base. Once citizens begin a mass exodus from your city, you will experience what East St, Louis and now Detroit are experiencing--economic, social, and business upheaval. Employee loyalty has diminished because the workplace has changed. Departments have to change also.

The one thing that police departments have accomplished in its hiring practice is tapping into the needs of employees. There would have to be a great inducement for police officers to stake their lives on a job that does not pay them proportionate to the risk. The need that encourages officers to take such risks can be expanded even further for the benefit of departments. Managing people after understanding what motivates them brings success. The extent that departments understand and give employees what they want will be the extent of their success. As the world turns, departments that create innovative environments that enlist the brainpower of employees, inspire a feeling of security, and are agile enough to respond to rapid changes in the market place, will not only thrive in a global economy, but set the standard for all within its industry.

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