Complaining is epidemic. People with jobs complain about the work, their bosses, coworkers, working conditions, or pay. Those without jobs moan about how the company did them wrong, that no one’s hiring now, or they can’t get an interview.
If you don’t understand that jobs are business deals and not wedlock, you’re in trouble.
A business is a legal entity that exists to produce goods and services for a profit. (Even a non-profit is a “business” but that’s for another day.)
Businesses hire people to do work that leads to profit! Everyone who gets hired has made a deal.
How the deal works:
The business has a job vacancy. It solicits candidates. You apply and are selected. When you say “yes,” you agree to this deal:
- You will perform the duties as assigned according to standards.
- The company will pay you the agreed upon salary and benefits.
- At the end of every day worked, you and the business have met your obligations. You’re even.
That’s it! No more…no less. The deal does not promise you a boss, colleagues, or working conditions that you will like. It does not promise you professional growth, promotion, or a raise.
Choose to stay or choose to go.
We miss the point when we fail to realize that, every day, we go to our jobs by our own choice. No one’s making us go there. So if you hear yourself complaining, it’s time to take stock.
I can hear the pushback already:
- “I have a family to support, bills to pay, no other options, and can’t relocate. ”
Fine! If the job deal you’ve already made is solving your daily living problems, stop complaining.
I can hear the justifications too:
- “I love the work, but I can’t stomach the people I work with, my boss is an idiot, and customers are a pain.”
Hey, I’ve worked with my fair share of business “leaders” who, from my perspective, “didn’t get it.”
The corporation I worked for was a regulated utility when I started and a competitive global energy supplier when I left. The focus of the leadership shifted from “it’s all about the customer” to “it’s all about the shareowner.” I realized one day that I no longer worked for the company that hired me. (By then, even the name had changed.) It had morphed into something that no longer fit me.
I admit it! I spent a lot of wasted energy griping about that. But here’s the reality: Any man or woman running a company has the right to run it his/her way. It’s their party.
Smart businesses want employees to be engaged and feel valued. That’s when we do our best work. In turn, we want to gain job experiences that give us knowledge and skills that we can leverage for a better job down the road. When the company grows, we can grow. When we grow, the company grows. That’s a sweet deal!
Every day, we need to decide whether or not we still want to work for the company that hired us. It’s our call!
Your life is your business. Make employment deals that work.
It’s time to take a hard look at your job and the choices you’re making around it. Are you staying because it’s the avenue of least resistance? Are you in charge of your career or are you waiting for someone else to step in? Are you preparing for a future move or complaining instead of acting?
Becoming business fit is about empowering yourself to take charge of your work life and to make right choices for yourself. Do good work. Learn a lot. Move on when the right deal comes along!
What are/have been your biggest career choice challenges? Do you have your own take on the “deal” we make when hired? Great to hear from you.