"You can't negotiate with, threaten or blackmail a person who has nothing to lose"
If you observe, you'll see several similarities between a company and the human body. Just like organ systems, you have teams. And just like complicated interactions among organ systems, you have interactions among teams. All these interactions need to happen very smoothly. The final objective is the survival and growth of the overall entity - The company or the body.
I remember an old story, perhaps from Aesop's Fables - Where all the organs fight among themselves. The heart says it is the greatest, for it helps pump blood all over the place. Without blood, what can you do? The stomach says that it is the greatest, for it digests food and gives energy. Without energy, the heart cannot pump. The limbs say they are the greatest, for they get food - without which you can't digest. The brain says that it is the greatest for making all of this possible, and so on. They all get angry and decide to stop working. The man dies... And along with him, they all do too. The moral of the story is simple. Every one of those organs are important, and every one of those organs are interdependent. Even if one fails, the major entity fails.
Companies are exactly like that - Every team is equally important for the smooth working of the organisation. If one of them fails, then the major entity works. Therefore, it becomes important that everybody works for the success of the entity.
You are often asked not to exercise after eating food. Why do you think that is? Blood is an important resource, but the body has only a certain amount of blood. When you run, your muscles need blood to be supplied to it. When your food is getting digested, blood needs to be supplied to it. If you have two operations at the same time, and a limited resource, one of the two systems will fail - Either you get muscle cramps or you will vomit. Either case, there is damage. It is the same with companies - You cannot drive resources beyond a certain point - It leads to issues.
Another point about companies that everyone needs to remember, is that it is nobody's personal fiefdom. Everybody's goal should be similar, betterment of the organisation, for only that will improve everyone's position even within. The same is the case about a country. If politicians treat their areas as their personal fiefdom, the country will never prosper.
All employees work for one or more of the following
- Salary - obvious reason, and want it to grow continuously
- Position - so that there is a sense of growth
- Self worth - They appreciate themselves and feel they are contributing
- Recognition - They feel good when others appreciate them