One of the greatest fallacies of modern life is the lie that is propagated by Human Remorse and Senior Management across the world. You ready ? Here it is
“People are our most important resource“.
What a load of tosh. What a transparent, shallow, and patently false myth this is to tell people that are easily fooled. A true Dunning-Kruger moment. People want to believe that they are valued at work. They want to believe that their work is important and vital. It’s human nature to be perceive illusory superiority and fail to question it.
It’s important to feel ‘valued’
Apparently, employees who feel valued by the company work better, and will work for less money. I recall seeing studies on this several times and realised that this has developed into an entire business. Your so-called Human Resources Team is there to help you feel good about your job in the hope that you will feel valued and important – thus saving the company money.
most important resource? -
Not people – it’s profit.
One thing that I have noticed recently, is that CEO’s and Chairmen constantly refer to how vital their workforce is to their success. Given that these people really only focus on money, percentages and targets (it’s their job right ?), it’s a strange element of a business strategy to espouse. The blunt truth is that people matter ONLY when the company is making money.
Think about this: when a company becomes loss making does the CEO treat their ‘people’, their “human resources ” as their most important resource ? No, they get rid of them. And even when they are making a good profit, the company wants to keep costs as low as possible by paying staff as little as possible. This maximises profits.
So maybe you aren’t that important after all. No ? Do you think it’s easy for the CEO say “people matter”, knowing that they will get a good result without spending money ? I do. I so cynically do.
And I’ve noticed my fellow workers really lap this up. Eyes shining and heart beating in their dumb little chests as they want to believe.
As you face up to the inevitable office party this year, think about the following:
- A company that will spend fifty pounds a head to take you to a tax deductible party but wouldn’t give you fifty pounds a year as a pay rise isn’t really interested in you. Right ?
- You will get to “enjoy” the company of people that you already spent most of your life around.
- Most of the people that you work with are not people that you really like. Lets face it, you didn’t choose them, life chose them for you.
- You get to talk about work. (There’s a great idea.)
- You have to be careful what you say. Office Politics and all that.
Look, before you call me a grinch, I like working and love my job. Networking is an amazing career choice, full of options, interesting work and good people. Some of them I would even class as friends. But I’m not convinced that going to a party is a good life choice.
You need to look after your own career, and your own life. While you clutch that glass of cheap beer, and stare across the discarded catering food that you didn’t really like, and gape at the group of people that you see at least five days a week, think about what you are doing and ask why ? Why am I here ?
Remember who you are going to wake up with in the morning. That’s right. Yourself first.
That’s why I don’t go to Office Christmas Parties, or leaving parties, or team parties. I’m at home, doing something that I want to do. Go out and get on with your life. Work shouldn’t consume your life, it’s just part of it.
Most importantly, remember: The company that you work for doesn’t love you as much as you should love yourself.