A View From The Bottom

A View From The Bottom

19/12/2017 11

Chances are that most people reading this were at one point at the bottom of some organization. Do we remember what is was like? Do we remember how it felt to have someone treat us bad, to have “management” make decisions for us, or to feel like we do not have the power to change things for the better?


The chances are that we have felt these things. The chances are that many who have gotten to that place of power to make a change have also forgotten what seemed so salient when we were at the bottom.

I want to remind you what it feels like to be at the bottom, to work the night shift, out of the eye of management, to not be noticed, to have no power, and to just be a line on some payroll document.

Now, you might be tempted to think that this is simply a one way street, that people think management should give them all the love while management gets nothing in return. Well, first, you do not need to get something in return in order to do something good. But second, doing this will actually create an environment that will return your investment tenfold.


Here are a collection of thoughts and ways to address them for all of you out there that have the power to do something about it.


1. I wish I could change this policy or process because it really makes my job harder.


Sometimes there are policies that are necessary because of a legal issue or because of a reason that an employee has never considered. You can do one of two things. You can demonstrate the reason why a policy or process is necessary and ask if you can brainstorm ways in which you can work together on making this easier. Or you can reevaluate a policy that may not be necessary and consider if it needs to be amended or discarded altogether.


2. I wish my boss supported me.


Creating an obvious and open avenue to yourself as a leader is crucial in your subordinates feeling like they have a voice and like they have support. Have an open door policy; communicate that you are always free to talk; walk around the office and communicate support and be inquisitive of how people are doing.


3. I wish our leadership team thought about how this would affect us before implementing this idea.


Collaboration and workplace democracy are some buzzwords/phrases that might give you an idea of how to implement effect change. Change can cause confusion, anger, and turnover. When communicating change, do so early and often, gradually, consistently, and openly. Lastly, allow for input and feedback so that employees can take ownership of the change.

4. I wish I was consulted about this issue, I have some ideas.


Believe it or not, you hired someone to be the best they can be at a job. It would then make sense to consult those professionals when making decisions that within their purview. Additionally, people often love being apart of the decision making process and appreciate when others value their input.


5. I wish the company knew how these things affect our lives-even outside of work.


People do not disappear into nothingness when they leave work, they go home to their established lives. Some people have difficulties juggling work and their life outside of work. Creating an avenue where management listens to employees can be infinitely beneficial to relations between these groups and will likely stem into many benefits outside of this one alone.

I know that saying these things is harder than actually doing them and that you likely report to someone as well who might not be as open to these idea. But you have a choice. Try and fail or never try and never be the kind of person who looked at creating better opportunities for other people and said, “sorry that’s too hard for me.”


Ask for leeway in implementing measures; go to bat for those you lead. Make decisions that are fit for a leader of people rather than just a leader of implementing policies and status quo.

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  • Karim Mohammed

    I can relate to you, I have went through the same and it's utterly frustrating. Most companies tend to overlook our health and happiness over our productivity and consistency.

  • Lee Yung Shun

    Maybe if you have the opportunity to become a manager, you will be more compassionate with your coworkers because you know their pain and struggles

  • Isha Chauhan

    It's all about culture, most companies are clueless..........

  • Hasib RK

    An easier way of thinking of what is said in this post is by thinking of a diamond. A diamond is made out of immense heat and pressure and that's what God is doing to us. He is giving us many trials and tribulation so that we become better people.

  • Matt Malone

    I can say that it's hard to be good but very easy to be bad.

  • Edriss Miakhel

    These are very wise inspiring words

  • Alex Ander

    I always preferred the approach of forging your own meaning, but somehow plenty of people out there seem to take a short cut by just buying a pre-packaged ideology when they encounter a roadblock in their lives... and the worst thing about that behaviour is that most ideologies come with some kind of excuse for who is to blame (feminism blame everything on men, atheists blame everything on religious folks, and so on) instead of working out what the problems in their life might mean to them personally.

  • Christine Hood

    We can endure great pain if we believe it is purposeful

  • Lisa C

    This was an inspiring article. The one thing that we have to stop thinking is that we need to go to some higher power to get rights which those same powers can then take away. In order to self empower ourselves is also to understand that we are our higher power. 

  • Nauaty Subhash San

    Powerful message

  • Unoka Paul

    Getting those stares and frowns from people like your boss is very tough.

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