His manager would love to fire him, but can’t because he knows he’s not entirely clear of firing line of unfair dismissal laws. The last thing he wants is headache of a problematic employee to be replaced by a bigger headache of litigation from that employee.
So the manager “coaches” this employee while waiting for him to trip up significantly enough to warrant a clear-cut case for a sacking.
Do you know this person in your workplace? Are you, perhaps, this person? Here are some signs that it could be time to tell someone to smarten up – or, perhaps, to smarten up yourself and make your working life less stressful.
1. You Only Love Results.
And you hate the process. For example, you love your job when you make a sale because it means getting a fatter commission. But you suffer through the conversations with people about your product.
Most successful employees have it the other way around – they’ve learned to embrace and relish the challenge which they encounter on their road to success. Sure, they toast the sale, but what they really love is the personal growth they experience in order to overcome the obstacles on the way to making it.
This mindset makes them harder to beat and also makes them more fulfilled – which, in turn, brings them more success.
2. You Couldn’t Care Less About The Mission.
Have you ever met a someone who is not a foodie working in a cafe? Someone who doesn’t care about issues of pensioners managing a retirement fund? Someone who doesn’t relish order and precision working in logistics?
Those people just go through the motions; and the solutions they provide lack life and heart.
If you don’t have an intrinsic connection with the issues with the issues which your industry faces, you will be outmanoeuvred by people who do – because for them work will not seem like work, but a mission they ought to do, regardless of rewards it brings them.
They will out-think you, out-work you and they’ll do it with a smile on their face.
3. You Complain.
Everyone is a problem – except you. Your colleagues are stupid. Your boss is an idiot. The company just doesn’t care. There’s a problem which annoys you here. And a person who makes you angry there.
And you share these opinions with anyone who will listen at every coffee and smoking break you take.
Complaints are just symptoms of lost power. You wish something was different and you have no way to change it, so the only option you’re left with is to demean it and project it outwards.
You might feel temporarily good about yourself as you’re complaining, but you also end up making yourself look like someone who is unable to effect change in the eyes of people who can.
Those people will push you out of their circle and you’ll end up being surrounded just by other powerless people who will willingly listen to your sob stories – and waste your time telling you their own.
4. You Dabble In “Making Money Online”.
One day you’ll have an online business which makes money by itself while you watch TV, you’ll make a million dollars overnight and you’ll walk into your boss’ office and declare:
“I don’t have to work any more. You’re fired!”
That’s the dream which the online internet marketing community is selling. Have you bought into it?
The reality is that if you’re dreaming of escaping your job, and are planning that escape to be via starting your own business, you’ll bring exactly the same issues which are plaguing you at work into your self-employment.
5. You Don’t Solve Problems.
There are two types of employees: ones who see their work as a bunch of stuff that has to be “done”. Their workday is a bunch of tasks which need to be completed before they can finally go home.
And then there are people who view their job as an opportunity to solve problems which they believe have to be solved.
Steve Jobs went to work because he wanted to end the problem of boring, unusable personal computers (and later, to fix the problem of clunky, unresponsive music industry dominated by a few fat-cat record companies).
Richard Branson goes to work with a desire to solve the problem of consumers getting short-changed by lazy companies.
You could say that Facebook is starting to represent a solution to a societal problem of not knowing how to connect with people just like you.
What problem do you see in the world that you believe needs fixing? And what are you going to do about it? And when are you going to get yourself a job which allows you to do that?
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