Employment Experiences


There are various instances in the work place when employees arefaced with instances where they have to make fine and well thoughtout decisions. In my career in the retail industry, I have hadnumerous experiences where I made decisions which had positiveimpacts on my career and my life. One instance that has remainedrelevant to date is a time I was a retail manager in a unionizedretail firm. Employees organized a strike that was meant to push themanagement to increase the salaries. However, I was objected to thestrike and I did not participate. It is useful to state that I wasnot a member of the union since I believed, and still believe thatunions are bodies that are created to revolt against the employers(Yates, 2014). Although the management of the retail firm invited theemployees’ representatives to the negotiation table, therepresentatives objected and opted to go on strike. The retail firmincurred huge losses as a result of the strike.

After the strike was called off, some of the employees who hadstarted the strike were fired and the rest of the employees who werespared were deducted the losses from salaries. Due to my firm standagainst the strike and employees’ unions, I was promoted to theposition of manager. My salary was also increased and I avoided theagony and the fear of being fired.my relationship with my seniorsremained cordial and beneficial. Considering the knowledge that Ihave gained throughout this course, it is useful to state that therewere some decisions I would have made differently. To start with, itis essential to join employees’ unions for the sake of negotiatingfor the rights of the employees (Yates, 2014). It is essential towork together with the other employees and to participate in thenegotiations affecting the welfare of the employees. It is essential,however to affirm that I believe that employees’ unions should notbe used as the basis to strike and abandon work. These unions shouldbe used to negotiate employees’ benefits through honorable means.It is apparently clear from the readings that unions in the workplaceare essential and it is paramount for every organization to allowemployees to form unions (Buhlungu, 2013). This is in exception ofemployees such as police officers whose services are vital.

Different people learn differently and respond differently to eithersuccess or failure (Harford, 2014). I do learn from both success andfailures. It is evident that successes create a platform and a basisof how things should be done in the future. For instance, in mycareer as a retail manager, I have always believed that people shouldnegotiate and discuss problems in order to arrive at a solution. Ibelieve in a democratic form of leadership where every person’sopinion is respected. This aspect of leadership has proven to beextremely successful. I have learnt from this success and adoptedthis form of management in every position of leadership I hold. It isalso evident that failures offer immense learning opportunities. Ilearn from my failures and seek to improve in the future. It is worthstating that I hardly repeat the mistakes since I learn from thefailures. It is essential to take failures as learning opportunitiesas opposed to taking failures as setbacks. My personality of beingaggressive and determined to achieve success allows me to trynumerous times and to learn from failures. Being aggressive allows meto try what seems as impossible. Additionally, being determinedallows me to keep trying to achieve success despite facing failures.


Yates, M. (2014).&nbspWhy unions matter. New York: MonthlyReview Press.

Buhlungu, S. (2013).&nbspTrade unions and democracy: Cosatuworkers` political attitudes in South Africa. CapeTown, South Africa: Human Sciences Research Council.

Harford, T. (2012).&nbspAdapt: Why success always starts withfailure. New York: Oxford University press.