2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 66,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.


When “Coziness” Prevents Ethical and Legal Compliance

David Axelrod, President Obama’s chief political advisor, said Obama’s outrage was “pretty great” when he learned of some of the “shortcomings” at the Minerals Management Service and its “coziness” with an industry it’s supposed to regulate.

Coziness is just another word for CRONYISM and unethical conflicts of interest, which plague many workplaces.

The BP catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico is undeniably the result of such conflicts of interest. The result is several dead employees (yet again from BP), an enormous environmental disaster, irreparable damage to regional economies, and another brazenly egregious action by a corporation that already has a terrible workplace safety record.

How much cronyism plagues the rest of our government regulatory entities? Take the LinkedIn Poll:

Tell Your Story!

We can measure the BP catastrophe in many ways because it is so tangible. How can we measure – or even acknowledge – the often invisible results of cronyism in other government regulatory agencies?

We’d have to add up the following:

Number of dead and injured employees since we’ve had OSHA and safety regulations in place

Number of employees who left jobs because of inadequate EEOC or other government investigations into EEO and ADA violations

Number of employees unlawfully retaliated against, resulting in loss of job and health insurance for themselves and their families

Number of homes foreclosed on due to unjustified, unlawful, or retaliatory terminations

Number of bankruptcies filed due to such job losses

Number of health problems and costs of health care passed on to taxpayers due to unlawful terminations and losses of health insurance

Negative impacts upon children whose parents lose their jobs due to unlawful termination

Monetary and stress costs to former employees and their families who can afford to hire lawyers to prove they were unlawfully terminated

Amount of taxpayer dollars spent on the salaries, benefits, and pensions of those regulators who engage in cronyism that causes this damage

Of course there are many more costs associated with the results of cronyism in regulatory entities, but these are no less catastrophic than the current BP disaster, though they are less visible to us all.

There are millions of government regulatory employees who do a fine job. And then there are those who do engage in cronyism and contribute to the invisible disasters that are no less harmful than the current oil spill.

There are several groups on LinkedIn that address these issues: Anti-Corruption Professionals, Cornell ILR Alumni, Corporate Whistleblower, Proactive Prevention Culture in the Workplace, and HR/OD Credible Activists.

What can we all do to demand an end to harmful government cronyism now?

Many of you have sent me your true stories of your experiences with these issues, and I appreciate those stories. Please keep them coming. Tell YOUR Story!

Write to your legislators and demand an end to workplace cronyism – especially in regulatory agencies.