Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Hanukkah lesson for employers

The story of Hanukkah tells us that in 165 B.C., the Maccabees led a successful revolt against the Greeks, who had invaded Jerusalem and outlawed Judaism. When the Maccabees rededicated the Holy Temple after expelling the Greeks, they only located enough olive oil for the Temple’s menorah to burn for one night. That oil, however, burned for eight nights, the time needed to prepare a fresh supply—the miracle of Hanukkah.

I’ve been thinking of a way to tie this story to the workplace and impart a lesson to employers. The story of Hanukkah is one of perseverance, courage, and fighting for one’s beliefs. Employers are under assault from all fronts—lawsuits from disgruntled employees, overly zealous regulatory agencies and their overly burdensome regulations, and courts that can lack sufficient resources to address these issues properly. It’s easy for businesses throw in the towel, such as by relocating operations out of the country or by paying ransoms to settle meritless lawsuits. Perhaps the lesson here is to simply hold firm.

Happy Hanukkah.