Companies have three resources
- Human Resources
- Capital Resources
- Physical Resources
Every day their greatest resource walks out of the door—you, their employees. You are the one who breath life into the company. Without you (CEO to janitor), the company would suffocate. Unfortunately, many companies don’t see it that way and they are starting to treat their human resources like physical resources as if they are just part of a machine. Expendable. Replaceable. Disposable.
Though we’ve advanced beyond the assembly line technologically, management still treats employees like they’re in a Ford factory. Only true leadership (not to be mistaken as synonymous with management) can bring out the best in it’s employees. Until then, ask yourself, “What kind of employee am I?”
Every object below is replaceable, just like many employees who don’t create unique value. If you happen feel like one of them, you need to reconsider WHAT you do for work, WHY you work, and WHERE you work.
The Water Cooler
You start off full at the beginning of day but throughout the office drinks your life blood dry and by the end of the day you’re empty. You go home, rest, and replenish, only to do it all over again the next day.
They’re always pushing your buttons. Without even knocking they ENTER. They only give you SPACE every once and while. They dump all of their crap on you—coffee, juice, red bull. You wish they would keep their CAPS LOCKED. They are so COMMANDing and CONTROLing! F1, F2, F. You! You used to get mad, but now you just go NUM. You’re thinking it’s either time to SHIFT desk or to ESCAPE.
Everybody gives you last night’s leftovers. There is old stuff that you’ve been procrastinating on that is starting to decay because you don’t really want it. Even after they give it to you, they still put their name on it so that they can take credit for it later.
You get work sent your way relentlessly…until you break down. That’s the only time people really notice you and even then they don’t stop to help. They get mad at you instead of realizing that they were the cause of your break down and stress! If you’re big enough they’ll even kick you and go in your drawers looking for stuff. And when people see that you’re empty, they only fill you up when they need something from you.
The Paper Stack
You started off with a clean slate, but then organization left its imprint on you. Half of the time you’re a waste, 30% of the time you are recycling old work, and 20% of the time you actually feel useful. They rarely color your world—most of the time it’s black and white. Everyone uses computers and smart phone now, so you’re not even noteworthy anymore.
They will try to put you through anything. They don’t care. Through thick and thin, right? The moment you’re in a jam, they look for the paperclip they should have used in the first place. You keep everything together, even when everyone else isn’t together. Sometime they chain you next to the printer because so many people take you for granted.
The Post It
They only use you in sticky situations. They give you long to do lists and then ball you up and throw you away like a deflated basketball when the list is done. Most of the time, they scribble confusing instructions to you that aren’t clear and actionable. When that happens, the idea never becomes real and you just hang around. When they see you haven’t moved, they stare you in the face and take out their inner frustration on you and rip you in half.