Do you want to be remembered in your workplace?
Want to be talked about when you’ve gone as that person who…?
Here’s how in one easy step. Step one…
1: Do work that helps the end customer
That’s it. Whether you directly work on the product or service that helps customers with their problems, or if you don’t directly do that but your work is to help staff who do, then that’s cool. Purpose is essential, so you’re essential if you help people achieve purpose as defined by the customer. When you’re gone people will notice and be bothered, because your work mattered. Welcome to Immortality!
Oh, you’ll also be needing some clarifications on what not to do before you embark on The One Step Path To Immortality.
So here is the companion guide, The One Step Path To Forgetability….
1: Mainly type.
Policies, strategies, reports in general. And emails, of course. Nobody says, “oh, remember thingy, the one who wrote the amazing policy!” No, of course not. Typed stuff, unless you’re a novelist, are for now, right now. One they’re gone, they’re gone.
I know this because as with elsewhere in the public sector, my organisation has been shedding jobs, some of those jobs being Policy officers.
I have noticed that when a Policy Officer leaves, they leave no trace. There is nothing left behind, no structures, no new ways of thinking. No visible remains at all. They may as well not have been here because their job was to type, and when the typing stops nobody notices, just like they didn’t notice the typing when it was happening.
If you find yourself typing, stop it. Go find someone who actually helps the customer, show them your typing and ask them how those words on that paper will help them in any way at all. If it won’t help, either leave the building now or in 10 years time, the effect will be exactly the same. You and your work are forgettable. Immortality denied.
That’s it. You choose. Purpose or typing.