Are you stuck? I know that many people feel like they are. I know this feeling! It stinks! You want to like your job. You want to feel good about what you do. You want to smile everyday when you get up for work, but the situation you are in just doesn’t let you. Trust me, I’ve been there!!!!! Maybe it’s your boss? Maybe it’s your bosses boss? Maybe you just want to get a promotion or a raise? Or maybe you’ve just had it with your co-workers?
This article is a first step in fixing that! It’s not a pie in the sky solution, it’s a “role-up your sleeves” approach to cutting the corporate chord; to getting out or buying in! Rather than sitting here and filling you full of ideas that you may or may not be able to implement, I’m going to take a different approach! Instead, I’m going to challenge myself and you! What I’m going to challenge you with is more like buying a fixer upper. Let me explain…
Whether you buy a house (fixer-upper) to rehab it and sell OR you buy it to live in for the rest of your life, the work is there either way. So why not rehab your current job from the bottom up? Sounds crazy doesn’t it?
If you are thinking, “not at my company”, then keep reading!
Especially after the changes in our economy over the past few years; people’s overall satisfaction with their jobs is lower than ever! According to a recent USA Today article, that quoted the “US Federal Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey”, 51% of all job separations in February 2012 were due to workers quitting. Meaning that more people quit their jobs than were let go; we haven’t seen that in a while!
So how does that help you? You can’t quit. You have bills to pay and a family to support, right? I know I do!
So, let’s get to the heart of the matter here…what CAN you do about it? Maybe nothing. However, I’m guessing that isn’t the case! The real answer is that you can do LOT’s of stuff! I’m not going to give you a list of ideas; that’s your job! Instead, give yourself a quick attitude check. If you are reading this, you probably already have a bunch of ideas that nobody will listen to. For the time being, put those ideas on a piece of paper and slide them into a drawer somewhere!
What I’m going to suggest is that you are probably surrounded by people that feel very similar to you. Meaning that you have a group of potentially amazing people (assuming you are potentially amazing) that feel just as stuck as you! Chances are, you’ve probably even spoken with them about how messed up the place is that you are working for. How has that helped?
Everything I’m describing here is very personal to me because I’m living in it. So, I’ve been asking myself these same questions for a while now. However, I’m going to “believe or leave”, as John Miller, Author of QBQ says! But, “how can I do anything if I’m just a lowly employee and all the managers are crazy”, you ask?
First, I’m going to start a book club. That’s right, I’m doing it! This won’t be any book club either; it will be a Business Professionals Book Club. Sound cheesy? Maybe. All I know is that 6:30am on Friday mornings, I’m going to be in the break room ready to discuss some of the most profound and important business books of our generation with my co-workers!
I’ve chosen Seth Godin’s book, “Linchpin” to kick things off. I’m going to choose a date, create a flyer, and hang it around the office AND the shop & see what happens. Hopefully, I’ll get a few people interested, but who really knows?
Either way, I’m also going to ask all of the managers to join us one by one, face to face. Yep, it’s an experiment, but it should be very telling. If I can’t get managers and employees to communicate in a forum like this, then my guess is that all hope really is lost. However, if I can get even a couple of people brainstorming, learning, and communicating then who knows what’s possible?
So, join me in starting a corporate culture revolution, from the bottom up!
***Update: Here is the flyer I’m putting up. Feel free to use it for your own corporate culture revolution: