When hiring or retaining employees we find they generally fall into one of three categories.
Those we should not keep
Those who make our jobs comfortable
Those we can’t survive without.
It’s somewhat obvious what to do with the first category (fire or don’t hire in the first place).
The second type of employee is the one most of us cherish. They are on time, they do their job, they don’t cause problems. In many organizations these are the employees who are valued the most. We want safe. We want comfortable. We want…boring
The people in the third category are frequently pains in the butt. They are constantly pushing us and others. They don’t seem to understand limits or boundaries. They keep us up at night because they are trying new things and we don’t know if they are going to work or not. They are the reasons our organizations keep growing.
The sad thing is while some organizations are too stubborn and will keep people in the first category simply because they don’t want to “rock the boat” or make change and they find it’s easier to keep the bad than have to fire and then hire new people, many organizations will get rid of those in this third category because they create too much uncertainty.
Think about this for a moment. Some organizations are keeping those they should not keep because they feel the status quo is better than the unknown, so bad is better than uncertainty and they cherish the people in the middle who are the epitome of mediocrity but they are willing to get rid of those who they need to ultimately survive.
Thinking this way certainly explains our business economy doesn’t it?
By the way, if you are an employee, which category do you fall into?
Have a great day!