Most people in the work world are dissatisfied with their jobs, and if you are one of the lucky ones who loves their job I am sure you know someone who does not, so I think you will relate to my story. When I was in my twenties, I worked for an organization recently acquired by a Fortune 100 company. The acquiring company was touted for its leadership expertise and its excellent business results.
One day my boss called me over to our white board where we displayed the previous days’ results and he asked me to change the numbers. I asked “why,” and he said because people from corporate were visiting the plant and we were not achieving our targets. I swallowed hard, not knowing if my job was on the line if I refused his request. I told him I didn’t feel right doing it, but that if he wanted to, that it was his prerogative.
The job I once loved turned into a nightmare overnight, when there was so much pressure on end results that everyone in leadership started playing shell games with the numbers, and everyone hid the truth. I decided in that moment that I would do whatever I could within my sphere of influence to heal the world of work. Two thirds of the people in the workforce are disengaged and we spend about 70% of our time at work. That means that two thirds of the workforce are unhappy almost 70% of the time. I can’t accept that.