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Class Failure

by Miki Saxon


Did you know there is a luxury condo called Riverside South in New York City that has separate doors for those who pay market rate and those who rent the planning-mandated affordable units?

Not only separate doors, but a separate affordable wing—heaven forbid the wealthy should have to share an elevator with “them.”

Some bosses run their organizations the same way.

The “stars” are lavished with money, stock, perks, visibility and praise, while the rest are ignored or worse, treated as disposable.

There’s an old saying that 90% of the work is done by 10% of the people, but that doesn’t hold true for any company.

If you don’t believe me create a fantasy company with just 10% of your staff and see how far you get.

If you choose to split your company into “stars” and “the rest” then you probably should consider separate entrances like Riverside South, because you will be creating separate accommodations even if they share a desk.

Dividing a company into “stars” and “the rest” was a prescription for failure.

People aren’t stupid; they know when they’re being treated like second class and will usually vote with their feet.

Flickr image credit: Adam Conlon

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