Are you a great employee?
I’m not, I’m totally average.
On twitter I found this pic shared by someone, showing the purported different characteristics of Average and Great employees….
And I clicked and looked at that pic, [you too, click on the link] and thought I’m not having that!
So I doctored it….
I doctored it because i think it is wrong. Might not be totally wrong, but it is wrong enough that my version is righter.
The original comes from an assumption that people have fixed characteristics. That an employee IS good or bad or indifferent. That they ARE a bag of characteristics that walk in the door, and these characteristics are theirs and theirs alone. This is based on an assumption that most behaviour is what the employee brings to the workplace.
Wrong way round!
It is what the workplace brings to the employee.
On pinterest where this is saved there are a whole load of others akin to it, in their specific wrongness. Here’s an appalling one….
The creep described above sounds appaling! A massive teacher’s pet.
I think they are appalling because they broadly don’t exist except in the mind of the equally appalling command and control organisation that wants people to be keen, work by themselves and with others in a heartbeat, “embrace change“, challenge-but-in-the-right-way-ie-not-challenge-at-all-really.
Basically be a complete simpleton’s idea of how people act when you give them money for 40 hours of their time.
People don’t act like this. Instead, they act in a variety of different ways, according to their background, upbringing, specific moment in their life, all sorts. But the one thing they DO predictably act like is according to their environment, the workplace.
Want to know if somebody will electrocute someone just cos they’ve been asked to by a man in a white coat? Then don’t look to see if that person has sociopathic tendencies. No need! We’ve done the experiments, got the proof, turns out most people will. No monsters needed, just average people in a specific environment that encourages electrocution of strangers.
So that is why I say I am an average employee. Give me good work to do, and I will do good work. Give me rubbish work to do, and I will do rubbish work. Because I am average, just like you.