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Everything is scripted, regimented, rote and procedural, and employees are often so afraid of being reprimanded for going against the letter of the law, or for making a bad decision — not to mention chronically being pressed for time — that they won’t make a decision at all, or will gladly hand the matter along to somebody else who can then take responsibility.
I absolutely understand why you don’t want couples on a small staff.If any of the current relationships on your staff would violate that policy, you can and should intervene in that now.That means that you’d need to figure out if any of those reporting relationships can be changed — which might be hard or impossible in such a small organization — and if they can’t, then you need to give some reasonable period of time for one or both people in the couple to find other work.The accompanying video is a little disturbing to watch. Not all flights are routinely overbooked, and for those that are, it’s done in accordance with tracked data that predicts how many people with reservations are actually going to show up.
This might sound like it’s coming from left field, but what I’m sensing here — what lies at the root of this unfortunate episode — was a lack of a better solution. Once in a while, for any number of reasons, those predictions are off, and there are more passengers than seats.
Does that really not impact the morale and working relationships of the other person?