Humans are wired from birth to be independent. We develop motor coordination and go from crawling to walking and from walking to running. We learn how to ride our bicycles without training wheels. We learn to drive a vehicle without the constant supervision of a driving instructor. We study at tertiary educational institutions with the hope of becoming independent critical thinkers.
But for some inexplicable reason, when it comes to our careers, we are trained (almost instinctively) to be dependent on an employer. Without a second thought, we place total control of our financial future in the hands of a corporation—a corporation that most likely does not give a damn about whether or not we win.
To be entirely dependent on any employer, hoping that the organization will cater to your personal and professional future interests is a risk that should be considered carefully and wisely.
A few years ago, I saw a film that was set in a world where everyone told the absolute truth. People said what was on their minds without inhibition or embarrassment. The beginning of the film was painful to watch because of people’s brutal honesty with each other.
I imagine that people desire to work at an organization that treats them with dignity, respect and as valued and contributing members of society.
There’s a scene where a lady, talking to the parents of a newborn, nonchalantly stated, “Oh, your baby is so ugly, it’s like a little rat.” Another person, who was having a telephone conversation with his employer, said, “Look, I’m not coming in to work today! No, I’m not sick. I just hate it there.”
How many of you feel exactly like that guy? Your job sucks, and showing up to work isn’t any fun. Guess what? You are not alone. According to a recent Gallup survey, most employees hate their jobs.
Why is it that over half of the workforce hate their jobs? Well, here’s why. Employees are tired of the token gestures and tactics employers use to pacify them until the next pay period. Workers are fed up with unfair and often harsh working conditions at their places of employment. Team members are dissatisfied with being bounced around their jobs for years without a promotion or substantial pay increase. A great majority of the labor force is simply sick and tired of being treated like an object.
I do not suppose that people wake up in the morning with made-up minds to resign themselves to the drudgery of a job that does not give a flip about them. I imagine that people desire to work at an organization that treats them with dignity, respect and as valued and contributing members of society.
Too often, the place where you work is a cold and thankless business—a merchant of greed. Many of you are probably nodding your heads in agreement. Deep down you are aware that the nature of the relationship between you and your employer is not based on your award-winning personality or good work ethics.
Experience has taught you that your employer is impersonal and calculating. You are keenly aware that your organization is using you to further their financial goals, and once you are no longer considered a valuable asset, you will be discarded—that is, terminated, sacked, fired, let go, canned, dumped, discharged, or made redundant. But you put up with the crap and mistreatment because you need the job in order to pay your bills and keep a roof over your head.
It might seem as if I am being cynical, but I am really not. Don’t believe me? Ask Jim who was unexpectedly let go from his job after working for his company for many years.
Stay tuned for Part II of this series: “It’s Time to Fire Your Boss.”