Thursday, January 1, 2015, AM | Leave Comment
Today is the first day of the new year. With the new year start, I suggest we change our attitude about many things we’ve been doing. The first and foremost is working at your job. The prevailing work ethic is that we must work for a certain individual, better know as the manager.
We must change our mindset about working for a certain manager and start working for ourselves and the company at large.
The time has come that we put a stop to the age old mentality that, when hired, employees must work for their boss first and the company later.
The direct subordination of the rank and file and even professionals has been imposed upon them from day one at the place of work.
When we talk about our job performance, we mostly talk in relation to our bosses and not the company we were hired to work for.
A person, when being hired, is told by the manager: “You will be working for me.” I was hired by the company. It pays me for my work. Why then should I be working for a certain person? The manager should be managing the project(s) and not the people.
As a matter of fact, the number of middle managers has to be reduced considerably. They are in most cases a waste of the company’s money.
Instead, there should be project managers who deal strictly with the projects and not manage the people working on those projects.
There is a book out…
The author, UCLA professor Samuel A. Culbert, goes through great lengths of explaining “performance review” as against the new concept “Performance preview” he is preaching.
And the book says…
Extremely good points. The author gave an excerpt of the book in his article published in Bloomberg BusinessWeek.
His main focus is “the manager needs a dialogue with employees and not a monologue.”
So basically what he is saying is managers must start talking with their employees and not talking to them.
Before this “Performance preview” is implemented in the workforce, we must change our mindset at the rank and file level, at the professional level and at the executive level.
It must be ingrained in “our little grey cells” [Agatha Christie] that foremost we work for ourselves and our families and the company.
We have to remove this thinking from our minds that we are working for individuals.
In a Nutshell
We must always work for ourselves and the company we were hired to work for. Our performance will greatly improve.
Let’s face it. This is the 21st century. We must change our mindset.
For many of us, the last week of the year means slower workdays. And you can only refresh your project schedules – or update your social networks – so many times…
Why not spend some of that downtime with us instead…
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