Are you familiar with the term “redlining?” It’s a dangerous concept because it leads to worker apathy and a lack of motivation in the workplace. Redlining is a stone in the union arsenal. A headstone.
Redlining, in its most basic sense, means you’ve maxed out in your current job position.
You can’t make any more money.
You have no other real option for being promoted.
You’re stuck at the same union rank and pay scale for the next decade or so until you retire.
When you meet surly workers who are jaded and tired, your first inkling should be to wonder if they are redliners because that means, “it’s them and not you.”
In my experience, many of the more surly university and federal and state workers are, indeed, redlined — and there is no need for them to do anything extra in their job except to bide their time until retirement. They don’t get paid extra for caring a whit.
Good for them; rotten for the rest of us!
How can we tempt redlined employees into caring about their jobs again? Is it possible to resurrect their want to excel and do well again? Or are they enjoying the easy paycheck and static life that currently coddles them with a protected job and a decent wage in a dying economy?