Feel Like A Number

On August 30, 2016, in HRExaminer, John Sumser, by John Sumser

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Your job sucks. You are not alone. Gallup says that 87% of employees around the world are not engaged. That means they think that their jobs suck, too.

Your job sucks. You are not alone.

Gallup says that 87% of employees around the world are not engaged. That means they think that their jobs suck, too. Management and the HR Department (and Gallup, for that matter) think that a survey and some programs will solve the problem.

But, you know that suckage is the nature of work.

You wonder if it’s possible to have work without a boss. Most people leave their jobs (if they can) because of their boss, not because of the actual work. Here’s a list of the 8 most stupid things bosses do to drive their people away.

You love working. Most people do. There’s nothing like the feeling of getting something done. Even the most mundane tasks give you that sense of completion when you are finished. It’s the layers of subservience, nonsense work and administrivia that drive you up the wall.

Bosses love that stuff.

Something’s coming.

If you listen to the prognosticators, they are saying that all jobs are going to be automated in the future. The implication is that you are next and that you will have no recourse. That’s scary as hell.

But, stop a moment. What’s harder to automate, your job or your manager’s? You actually do stuff. He delegates, coordinates and checks off boxes on a list. It costs money to build and maintain the robot that will do your job. His just involves software.

Which do you think is cheaper and more effective to eliminate?

If bosses are the engagement problem, get ready. It’s why your next boss is likely to be named Alexa, Siri, Cortana or whatever Google calls their AI thing.