Micro Entrepreneurism, Simple Living & Art
Either you’re an employee or an employer or potential employer. In each of those roles, what motivates you? Why do we want to hire great motivated people and then proceed to squash their ability and desire to be productive? Why are companies/employers/organizations actually end up not rewarding the people that want to do work?
Friends in the armed forces tell me all the time that the people that get ahead are the ones that stick their heads in the sand and do what their told. Using your brain and being a problem solver doesn’t get you anywhere and it makes you frustrated because the people in charge will make you redo it their way anyways.
In my own experiences, I’ve been told to make something happen, something I’m totally capable of figuring out, and then told that I need to get every step of the project approved. And if I didn’t, it was wrong, or I was overstepping by bounds. Why should I bother? You might as well just do it yourself. If you hired me to do a job, then why won’t you let me do it?
As an employee I think what we all really want is to actually be able to do work, and be trusted with that work, and appreciated for getting it done, and done well.
As an employer, I think its important to consider what motivates people, and why you hired them. You pay them money to work for you, so why not let them do the work? And then when they surprise you, and do it well, or better then you would have, why not reward them? Great people like to do great work, but they need an environment that allows them the freedom to do it. If you hired a great person, give them the opportunity to be great. All micromanaging does is cost you time, money, and greatness. Think about that, the next time you hire someone or ask someone to do something for you.