Why you’re doing something.
I was recently talking to a business owner about problems they had with an employee who recently quit. They said that there were a few occasions where dismissing the employee would have been justified but they felt sorry for the the person and kept them on in spite of the issues.
I flat out asked if they were running a company or a soup kitchen. I don’t mean to sound cold blooded but I have never believed that jobs fix broken people. I believe in helping people and that people who are trying to fix themselves need the income, routine, and accountability of a job but if they’re not working on themselves too then it is just a waste of time; prolonging the time until they hit rock bottom.
It made me think of my time working for The (Jim)Pattison Group. There was a story going around about how each month the lowest performing car salesman was dismissed. I remember asking a mid-level manager about that rumour. He said that whether the story was true or not, an employee who was doing poorly was wasting their own time as well as the company’s and the sooner they moved on, the better off everybody would be.
At the time it felt like I was having the facts of life explained to me by a shark but it made sense to a point. There was no denying the logic of the argument the manager made but only to a point: It would be a shame for an otherwise good worker to be let go for having a bad month.