Do you ever look at the company you work for? Do you know what it does? Do you know the competition? Are you working for the best company in your line of business? Are you a challenger? Are you losing ground? What is your role in all of this? Are you doing a better job than the people doing the same job for the competition? Do you think you matter in the overall results for the company? Or do you just appear to do your job?
Once there where a CEO that got hundreds of application for a position at his company, he took 50 % of all applications, and to the secretary’s surprise he threw them in the garbage. A bit puzzled she asked why. “You need luck to work for my company, now let’s find someone qualified among the lucky ones.”
I do not believe that it is all luck why one company beat competition or unlucky why one company crumbles. I do not believe that one good manager can succeed if she has twenty useless employees, I do not believe that twenty great employees will succeed if they have one useless boss. But I do believe that the latter is most important. Twenty great employees run a bigger chance of succeeding never minding the manager’s qualities.
“And so, my fellow Co-workers: ask not what your company can do for you – ask what you can do for your company” – A little rewriting of JFK.
This brings me to some employee engagement. Remember you are not hired so that you should be able to live a nice life. You are not hired so that you should need to drag your tired body to a place that you hate to go to. You are not hired so you could fit into the norms and demands of society that kind of imply that you should have a steady job. You are hired because the company thinks that you can add value.
You are hired to do more for less.
You are hired to make money for the company
You are hired to save money for the company
All other tasks is somehow related to these statements, and you are hired to do this more efficient or better that the ones that is being hired at the competing company.
You are being paid to deliver your best, or at least to have an interest in delivering the best. I believe that every single employee of a company can secure their jobs by devoting themselves to make more money for the company or to save more money for the company. It sounds harsh, but it is the back bone in the company skeleton. Having fun at work is a tool to making more money. Keeping employees happy and engaged is another tool. If you are unhappy or hate your job, you should consider leaving your job, as you fail to make money for the company, you do less for more and you are not doing a great job. And you might be missing out on your own dream job, and holding a spot occupied for someone else looking for their dream job.
As an employee you must try to create:
- an environment where you thrive.
- a place where you care about your fellow co-workers.
- a place where you try to evolve and do better, while having fun.
- a place to reach an exceed your goals.
The CEO is busy trying to create money for the company, more money than the… yes, correct… more money than the competition. The leaders of the company shall make sure that you are able to create this place that you would call Home 2.0. Having fun should be work related. Create a fun way to reach goals, not just by goofing of playing Playstation 3 all day long. At work we have changed a “dreadful” task into a fun game and within weeks we have increased the results with 60-70 % in the slow holiday period.