Saturday, June 25, 2011

Major league baseball teams are employers too; the Jim Riggleman mess teaches HR a lesson

The recent sudden resignation of Washington Nationals’ manager Jim Riggleman may seem distant from the world of I.T., but it does show how any corporation should not run its Human Resources.
Riggleman was upset over the team’s general manager Rizzo’s unwillingness to discuss a longer term contract.

He said, at age 58, he was “too old not to be respected.”

At 67, I know the feeling.

There is something unsettling (to say the least) when “you” think that management thinks “you” should be the one to make sacrifices.  Think how this can play out in the workplace, when some people, for example, seem to have more “family obligations” than others. 

If you don’t respect your people enough to act in good faith with them, why did you hire them in the first place? To use them?

As for the Nationals, they won a protracted thriller Friday night (blowing last inning road leads three times), but lost today. But the players sound focused.  A split in the first two games after a management fiasco is OK.  But Ryan Zimmerman said of this, “shocking”.

I do hope the Nats’ management and players stumble on this posting. In baseball, as in everything else, it’s the organizations with dependable management that perform well year after year. The Nationals still have to prove themselves, and this incident (just after the club had won 11 out of 12, including a sensational  4-run-deficit walkoff) doesn’t help. 

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