Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Great Recruiters .....

Add Value

"Make sure you contribute more than you cost. Employees often mislead themselves, assuming they should get to keep their jobs if they're responsible and do good work. Some of them even have the idea that sticking around for a long time makes them worth more to the organization.

Sure, experience may count for something. But maybe not. It depends on whether that experience really makes you worth more to your employer today, or whether it has mainly lost all value because the world is changing so rapidly.

We can use history to justify our continued employment for only so long. We still need to add value now.

It's your contribution that counts. Not the hours (or years) you put in. Or how busy you are. We've all seen people who stay busy - who even work hard - without adding any real value. They make the mistake of thinking effort should earn them a paycheck. You can respect them for trying, but you can't justify the cost of keeping them on board. Their careers are built on make-believe.

You'll be better off if you think in terms of being paid for performance - for the value you add - rather than for your tenure, good intentions, or activity level.

Prove your worth to the organization. Make a difference. Add enough value so everyone can see that something very important would be missing if you left."

- Price Pritchett (New Work Habits For A Radically Changing World)

"The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment. "

- Warren Bennis
Author and Distinguished
Professor of Business Adminstration,
University of Southern California

Dennis, talentblogger

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