All 9-5 employees should always be aware that you’re all “expendable”. Or in a simple, but not very polite way, you can be fired at any time.
James informed his boss that he’s leaving his company after 10 years of service. A new employer had offered him a much higher salary and better position.
The boss asked him to stay and told him he’d been such an important asset to the company. Without him, the company would face serious issues.
“We don’t want to lose you”, said the boss. “Please stay. I’ve worked out a new compensation package for you”
James decided to take the offer.
Two years later, the boss talked to James again. This time, the company let go of him. James was laid off.
At that very moment, he knew he’s not anymore such an important, indispensable asset to the company.
James hadn’t changed one bit. He was simply working as hard and was still as sharp as before.
The point I’m making here is you must be prepared as this can happened at any time, with anyone. In a company that I used to work with, the whole legal department was wiped out in 4 months.
In a company that I used to work with, the whole legal department was wiped out in 4 months. Even the CEO was asked to leave with a 7-day notice.
Those’re just real life examples.
Here’re the 3 reasons why you’re never an indispensable asset for a company.
GAME CHANGE, and it keeps changing
There’re a lot of factors when determining whether a company still wants to keep you. Those factors are sometimes just beyond your control, and imagination.
Think about it.
- New staff coming in, cheaper with relatively similar experience and skill as you
- Policy changed. Now your company wants to use outsourced staffs and your skill can be outsourced.
- Your new boss just simply doesn’t like you. Chemistry doesn’t match up.
Bluntly speaking, these can happen at any time. Can you actually keep them under control?
LOYALTY, it’s the thing of the past
Many people stick with one company for a long, long time. They don’t take better offers from other companies. Sometimes, they don’t even put their resume on a job site, or Linkedin.com.
They simply think that if they’re loyal to their company, the company will do the same and never let them go.
This is a completely wrong idea.
I’m not saying loyalty is bad. It’s good. But the idea of a company will never let a loyal employee go is so wrong.
When it comes to certain points that the company needs to make a decision. It won’t be loyalty, but company’s benefits that matter.
Regardless of how long you’ve stayed with the company, this fact will never change. Keep this in mind.
YOU hold the key to company success (really?) and you will never be let go.
Unless you’re the one and only one who knows the secret formula of how to make “Pepsi” then the statement above is an illusion you make for yourself.
Think carefully, is it possible for a company to let certain someone holds on to something that important. No way.
For a company, the show must go on – with or without you.
You don’t believe me? Look at Apple. After the legendary Steve Jobs passed away, the company still thrives. New products are still developed.
The world is still spinning, with or without you. The company is the same.
Here’s the catch. When a company, aka your boss or an HR, tells you that the company will fall or its stock will plunge, it’s just because they don’t want to find a replacement.
But at absolute necessary, they can always find your replacement.
Sorry to say, but if you die today, the company will find someone to cover your work and move on. Simple.
In the corporate world, don’t think that you’re indispensable.
There’re lots of smart, resourceful people getting expended and replaced every day. That’s because in a company you’re acting as a part of a money-making machine.
However, in real life, no one can replace you. You’re unique and one of a kind.
If you have the slightest urge of being an entrepreneur, don’t let the false security of the day job fool you for too long.
No one, company or person, has the same dream as you.
Life too short to live in somebody else’s dreams, OR in some company’s goal/vision.
Is it the time to seriously think about starting something of your own?