Posts Tagged ‘employee motivation

11
Feb
13

I Hate My Job

hate-my-job1Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.”
― Kent M. Keith

So you hate your job. Of course you do! How do I know? It’s the nature of the beast. There’s a reason for it. My father, the late Charlie “Tremendous” Jones, said “God never made a job that would make a man, but he made any man who could make a job.” This is a scary statement because it puts the burden squarely on the shoulders of the individual and not on the company, boss, or co-workers. Was my father saying that if I hate my job what I’m really saying is that I hate myself??

No job is worthy of anything. It’s just a title, a line on a P&L sheet, a job description, but what makes it come alive and have value is you. So if you hate your job, let’s be honest. It’s simply that you just don’t care enough to make it come alive. The workforce is filled to the brim with employees billing 40 hours of bitching and cyberloafing. The cost of disengagement is staggering.

How do I know this? I’ve worked alongside—and even worked for—many people who hated their jobs. I knew this because of the way they sloughed off dealing with problems, trying to build succession plans, and spending most of their time building silos to protect their turf and friends or family members. If they loved their job, they would have been man or woman enough to actually make it.

Growing up in various career fields, I remember asking my father why I continually found that the harder I worked the more people within the organization seemed to work against me. He said, “You can either work for someone else, or you can work for yourself. But as long as you work for someone else, this will always happen.”  Oh no!!! Again with putting the responsibility for my professional happiness squarely on me!!

Your job has nothing to do with your idiotic boss, or the lame process-improvement team you just got assigned to. You can’t get anything out of any job. You can only put things into it. It’s all about what you can bring to it. There will never be a job or a boss or a title that truly credits, sees, and reflects all that you do. Work is about growing and giving back, not about what you can get out of it. It’s meant for you to grow, and take risks, and be thrown under the bus, and get back up! Man, that’s tough! No wonder we hate it!

In some countries, workers don’t get the choice to decide where they want to work. In America, we do. This Right to Work comes with the rejection of victimization, and the embracing of the personal responsibility for one’s own state in life, and that goes for professional, not just personal. My father also said, “The best way to get a better job is to do a better job.” If we are serious about growing and giving back, we will always strive to do a better job because it’s the right thing to do. And if you get to the point where you are not able to do, or actually get penalized for doing, the right thing, it’s essential that you move on to a job where you can.

16
Jan
12

are you turning your employees into swamp things?

I live in a quaint, little village that has a gorgeous spring-fed lake at its center. Each winter, the lake is drained in order to let the icy air prevent the underwater vegetative growth from strangling the life it hosts the rest of the year. The reemerging waters arrive in the spring crystal clear, stocked with thousands of fish, hundreds of fowl, and countless visitors.

The past four economic years could best be described as draining the swamp for businesses. The financial waters have drawn back to kill off the strangling undergrowth and are waiting to reemerge clear and vibrant with business. Unfortunately many organizations view employee development as one of the tangles they need to starve off as they drain the swamp.

This is a self-defeating activity. I have many speaker friends and authors who have experienced a downturn of bookings where they train and motivate employees. It’s the economy, right? Wrong. It’s the incorrect thinking that somehow cutting back on investing in your employees is necessary for your survival. How can that be when they are actually killing off one of their greatest means of nourishment?

Employee development doesn’t have to be costly, but it does have to be done. Having lunch-and-learn sessions where you read a book together costs very little but pays huge dividends. Selecting a local businessperson or leader to come and share with your team is often free! And there is so much great downloadable material on the web you can share at weekly meetings, it’s unreal!

I work in an area that is recession proof. I deal with organizations, groups, and spiritual institutions that understand employee development is a never-ending responsibility, the economy be damned. And I’m talking about groups that work on their team’s internal motivation and help them discover what is inside of themselves; heart-knowledge not head-knowledge.

It’s a scary time. The more positive and personal-development material you can feed your team, the more creative and appreciative they’ll be. Everyone knows a job is just a job, unless you get the right person in the position. All the right person needs to have is a willingness and a desire to learn, so please, don’t ever drain the waters so much that you stop feeding this. Otherwise, when the waters reemerge, you may find that all you have left in your cubicles is a slimy team of swamp things!

06
Dec
11

the dark side

 My dog, Mr. Blue, and I recently delivered annual training to the tremendous faculty at Douglas Education Center in Monessen, Pennsylvania. At the end of the program, someone asked a question about how to deal with negative people. I asked if she meant in their personal or professional life and she said, “Take your choice.” They entire audience laughed. Point well taken, negativity is found in all areas, broadcast on the news 24/7, and for some people becomes their sole means of communication.

All Human Resources manuals have a list of actions that are grounds for termination. I personally would put negativity at the top of the list, although it’s often an activity that is allowed to continue unchecked. I have never been able to understand this. When I was in the military, negativity was labeled as insubordination. In personal relationships, negativity marks the beginning of the end. In work, negativity can manifest itself in gossip, backstabbing, active disengagement, and even sabotage.

The Chief Motivational Hound, Mr. Blue, refers to this as “biting the hand that feeds you”. It is one of mankind’s worst traits. It’s a cancer that spreads and takes over the organism and can only be “cured” by cutting it out in its entirety. Negativity is a form of fraud. If you are negative at work, you are not earning your pay, hence you are stealing. If you are negative in a relationship, you are stealing the other person’s emotions and time. If you are negative in your outlook on life, you are squandering the greatest gift of all.

So my answer to the question was simple—cut it out of your life. Life is too short to not be thankful even for the mistakes we make and the bad things that happen to us and to those we love. If you cannot keep your mouth and emotions in check, you will spread your toxic attitude to everyone with whom you come in contact. My advice is to quarantine yourself until you are thinking positively and stay far away from those who might infect you with their virus.

Make your 2012 resolution now to surround yourself with only positive influences. That may mean changing coworkers or even jobs, separating from existing friends or relationships, or emancipating yourself from family drama. As Mr. Blue quotes, “When you feel dog-tired at night, it may be because you’ve growled all day long.”  So stay away from the dark side and move into the light!

Mr. Blue shares some hound wisdom.




Tremendous Tracey


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