Wayside wrote:I remember years ago a railroad executive of a class 1 railroad in the northeast said that his theory of people management was the "rat and stick" method. You use the stick to guide the employee (rat) in the direction you want it to go. If the rat strays from the intended course, you hit the rat with the stick. If, after several whacks, the rat quits or dies, you simply get a new rat. He said this half jokingly (you never could tell with him).
But seriously, railroads mostly follow the bad old ways of dealing with their people who work under agreements. Labor relations staff in these corporations are often the least enlightened people who work for the company overall. Workers are not generally considered assets but rather just thought of as easily replaceable items.
abc8251 wrote:From what I've read, it doesn't really seem like they do. It seems like they're mostly concerned with their bottom line.It seems weird that online alot of people say negative things about management or the railroad, yet my brother worked 9 yrs for Union Pacific had nothing but good things to say. I know many people who work on them and to be honest none of them have said negative things about them. That they always cared about your safety and getting you home. So I really don't get it other than people who already are not happy when they're hired. No one followed my brother around or ever try and fire him.