Today many companies have a pay increase policy on end of every year and also, people expect to get a raise every year. Some people may get higher raise than others, however this depends on the work performance people do. There are other enterprises that provide paid holidays for New Year's, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Thanksgiving Day and Christmas day. There are companies that will provide one to two weeks’ vacation time to all their employees every year after their anniversary. Many employers also allow their employees to take time off without pay. On the other hand, reducing an employee’s pay or cutting their benefits is no minor thing and It will be hard and some other people will move on. Before cutting an employee’s pay, employers should consider the effects. A pay cut can be anything from financially troubling, emotionally unsettling, to devastating. As Director of Human Resources of the city of Spanish Moss, Florida my duties are to negotiate collective bargaining agreements on behalf of the city. As end of the year is coming my duties is to negotiate with Police department, Fire Department, Public works and general city employees to come up with collective agreement about their benefits. Due to home values dropping, overall business, businesses moving out of the city and operation costs are raising. As director of human resources, I cannot offer increase benefits for this year. Also, I have to informed them that, I have to cut back their vacation time, eliminate all the sick time and also, there will be a 6% pay cut everyone should accept. Cutting their pay by a 6%, it is extremely tough decision, because it will have impact on them and their family. The reason of eliminating all this benefit is necessary to avoid a mass layoff of the city employees because the city commission has refused to raise taxes. According to the city manager if unless I accomplish the goals of eliminating the benefits mentioned, the city will not be able to meet its financial obligations and risks being taken over by the county.
After I met with the all the unions to propose the ideas. The unions screamed and yelled and eventually stormed out of the after calling you names. I totally agree with them, because most of the time, employees don’t see a pay cut in the same light as their employers. In order for me to get this deal done and not being the first one to get laid off, I will use strategies to such as Cool Down, reaching out, Positive emotions, Face to face talking, Responsibility and apologizing, collaboration and collaboration to create resolve etc. These strategies will help me to get these issues fixed. Decisions are being made at the highest level of management, and all employees still need to do their jobs serving their external and internal clients, meeting deadlines, and moving existing projects and plans forward.
- Winter '15
- Trade union, conflict competence