Every single book on the world of work is essentially directed at one audience: management. When’s the last time you came across a book that was designed to make you a better employee? We’ve been trying to fix management for decades…no, make that centuries. Have we really moved the needle that much? Why do we keep waiting for this invariably inept group to make real change? Haven’t they had their chance?
Can someone please write a book for our employees?* A self-helper-outer. How to: smile more; stop worrying about shit they can’t control; realize the grass isn’t always greener; accept others for their faults and honor them for their strengths; be more patient; stop pointing fingers and take some ownership; find purpose; unite toward a common good; stop bucking the system; give the benefit of the doubt; understand the bigger picture; get aligned with colleagues who can really make a positive impact on their career; ask for feedback…and get it; quantify and qualify their individual value; be accountable; accept change; offer solutions, not problems; appreciate all that they have; step up…take charge; speak up…
We teach employees how to do their jobs; we don’t really teach them how to be a contributing member of the working community. We teach employees how to rely on the system for help; we don’t really teach them how to help themselves.
Is there someone better equipped to fix the employment experience? How ’bout the employee?
*if and when you do write this book and make your millions while it flies off the shelves, just try to remember lil’ old me.