Nucor Employee Relations Philosophy

Our relations with employees are based on these four clear-cut principles:

  1. Management is obligated to manage the company in such a way that employees will have the opportunity to earn according to their productivity.
  2. Employees should feel confident that if they do their jobs properly, they will have a job tomorrow.
  3. Employees have the right to be treated fairly and must believe that they will be.
  4. Employees must have an avenue of appeal when they believe that they are being treated unfairly.

Managers are supposed to do what’s best for the business. And what’s best is to remember we’re all just people. Managers don’t need or deserve special treatment. We’re not more important than other employees. And we aren’t better than anyone else. We just have a different job to do.

Mainly, that job is to help the people you manage to accomplish extraordinary things. That begins with remembering who does the real work of the business (something managers, with their outsized egos, often forget). It means relying on employees to make important decisions and take significant risks. And it means shaping a work environment that stimulates people to explore their own potential.

From Iverson, Ken. Plain Talk: Lessons from a Business Maverick. (New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1998).

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