Getting ready for competition

By John Butler
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/16/2001

Privatization — a frightening yet promising word. And also a cause of great upheaval for workforces and HR managers. For two decades the public and private sectors have pressed against each other like vast tectonic plates, the private sector occasionally grinding against and rising over the public one.

Both sectors espouse their own ideologies that can make the relationship between them difficult.

In the 1980s, the private sector ethos thrived largely because of the crumbling of the most visible and flawed example of the over-engineered public sector — the communist states of Eastern Europe. Suddenly the private sector was seen not merely as a social good — it was seen as the engine for all other social goods.