A friend recently related a story about a co-worker who … when asked to perform a very menial task … refused, because the co-worker was not directly impacted by the task in question. In effect, this person said “that’s not my job”.
There is – I fear – a great deal of laziness in the American workplace. Probably always has been. There are people who do just what they are asked and no more. And often if not asked, they’ll do even less. This drives managers crazy.
Of course, the other side of that is the team player … the worker who picks up the slack. We hope they balance things out in our workplace.
Building a team that is 100% gung ho is probably next to impossible. But with this lousy economy, with so many jobs disappearing, it doesn’t seem wise for anyone to say “that’s not my job”.
Of course, when you are doing two or three jobs, it’s a completely different story.
Our thought for today is from Elbert Hubbard:
“If you want a work done well, select a busy man: the other kind has no time.”