Here’s a question: When you were employed, was it because the organization really needed you?
When they employed you, it meant they had a portfolio for you to fill, a gap for you to bridge, an assignment for you to execute. Essentially, they need your arms and brains.
For most, this need doesn’t really translate to a permission to exploit some latitude.
Humans love being needed. We are wired to feel complacent in the cuddle of understanding arms. But do organizations understand the latent power of neediness? Or do they exploit it unduly? For me, the latter is in the numbers.
Sooner than later, the employee realizes that it is a selfish demand to push letters around, shift trays from desk to desk, punch the machines, grind and grill from hour to hour. It’s a trap, difficult for many to extricate their arms from. It’s about more. “Give us more,” the organization screams.
This loud scream, noticeable on faces, hanging on the walls, creates a disconnection that is dissatisfying.
Until the neediness is cast in the form that lights up the employee’s brain, strengthens the link between personal goals, and organizations, then the employee feels adrift at sea.
The truth is that it is not a difficult task to accomplish.