Employees are a necessary evil

by Etienne Besson on 29 July 2010

in My musings

It’s cool being an employee and receiving a monthly salary, even if your job sucks. But what if you were the owner of the company?

This is a recycled post I published in 2008 on my old The Happy Employee blog.
I made a few adaptations to better reflect where I'm at these days.

Employees are human, but at the end of the day they’re just a resource.

Don’t get me wrong, I love working in HR and right now I’m more than happy receiving a regular paycheck from my employer. But sometimes a cold shower of tough reality can’t hurt.

Maybe the company you’re working for tells you that employees are its most important resource.

That’s wrong!

Some companies can exist without staff, but no company can survive without money. So tell me, what’s a company’s most important resource now?

Believe me, if your employer could make money without you, you wouldn’t be on their payroll. In fact, if I started my own business, I would do everything I could to avoid having employees.

Like I said, I’m grateful that I have a job. And I really enjoy working with some very capable and dedicated people who deserve all my respect.

But if you’re in charge of a business, especially if its your own company and your livelihood is on the line, you will certainly approach staffing decisions very carefully.

Now the good news is that if you have a job, you’re necessary. But it doesn’t mean that your employer is happy about it.

And remember:

Necessary is not the same as irreplaceable.

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