Friday, April 10, 2009

Stepping Up to the Plate

With all the lay–offs around the country I’ve been seeing elevated tension in several blogs that I read. How does one get a job when few are hiring and those that get the jobs are the cream of the crop.

I’ve spoken with a few of my friends that own companies that employ a lot of people and they are telling me that though it is sad that people are losing their livelihoods this has been an opportunity to cut the wheat from the chaff. These lean times are forcing them to be creative to keep their businesses alive. It is also a good time to show the door to employees that are unwilling to step up to the plate.

I am surprised that in these times some workers will not bend to pick up some slack, make an extra effort to make themselves noticed for being a valued employee.

My brother told me about his daughter who never refuses to do a task at her job and asks if there is anything else she can do. She will do her job anywhere and anytime; nights or weekends, it doesn’t matter. People in her company are being laid off in record numbers, but she continues to get assignments.

I am reminded of a cat that once lived with us. He was a lazy cat that lived to eat and sleep. We brought a new kitten home and thinking he was going to lose his cushy life with us he went out and showed us his worth. For nearly two weeks he spent the days and nights hunting leaving no fewer than five mice, voles and moles at our door step every day. He eventually became secure in his old ways when he realized we weren’t going to replace him.

I find it strange that my cat had a better understanding of how things work in the world of business and industry than many human workers.


Blogger loopymamain06 said...

I've been mentoring a young gal out on her own, she still has her job,while others are dropping like flies at her place of work. I'm proud of her, she organized a luncheon, to raise money for the companies annual christmas family adoption, telling her bosses that at christmas it is harder for families to give money when they are already spending it for their own famlies, and right now people are getting their tax said....O.K.
loopy rambling....sorry

4:23 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

As a self-employed freelancer, no lay-offs but I’m going to have to start threatening myself with dire consequences if I don’t get more creative and work harder. Fewer places are accepting work. (Or is my work just getting lousy??)

5:30 AM  
Blogger darev2005 said...

It's hitting us pretty hard, too. Even though the crime rate is rising again, they are cutting back on the money for the prison. Not cutting people yet, but cutting positions as they come vacant. The Director himself came by last night but they wouldn't let him get near anybody who might have something to say. And you know what I always say: If people could learn from their mistakes, I'd be out of a job.

6:55 AM  
Blogger Tango said...

I see a lot of people NOT bending over backwards on my part time night job. People will stretch out a one hour job into 8 hours, hanging on the phone, not replenishing supplies when they get low for themselves and/or the next person and NEVER going out of their way. I don't know, maybe it's the times or maybe it's just MY pet peeve?

7:48 AM  
Blogger Hahn at Home said...

I made it through four rounds of layoffs with less than a year here. I'm certain I'm still here because I work my *#$ off.

8:53 AM  
Blogger weese said...

I couldn't agree more. Of course it didn't save my job - but it sure helped to get me another one fast.
Not only that... but for those folks out of work for a long time - i think they also need to be more willing to work somewhat out of their comfort zones to bring in some money.

9:20 AM  
Anonymous Ginger said...

My husband sees it at his work...guys off probation already acting like they've been there for 30 years. It's a major gripe w/ him. He's the "go to" guy for the brass. He stands out because he loves his job...and it shows. There are people who do the job to live, and those who live to do the job. I, on the other hand, have cooking, cleaning, and kids to look forward to every day...I am the example of 'people who do the job to live'.

1:37 PM  
Blogger Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

Hi! Came to your blog via Tango (she got her cat Silly from me). I've just spent a pleasurable half hour wandering round and with each post I read, I said "That's my favorite one" have another follower here because of that, and the fact you mention cats and live in Orygun doesn't hurt!

4:22 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

Anyone who loves cats has to be a good guy. Maybe I should get a kitten to scare my Susie out of her lazy ways. Re: your comment about dominoes. The Texas seniors do take their dominoes serious. That is why I don't play. A game is a game.

6:16 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Loopy, Work ethics come naturally to some, yet many remain clueless.

Free lance writing is a tough business. Maybe it's time to start your own publication.

Darev, what puzzles me is why prisons aren't funded by fines. I know that speeding tickets and criminal fines are cash cows for towns and states, but they should be used to fund prisons.

Tango, when tasks are measurable it's easy to see when there is a slacker in your midst, but think of all who have the world bamboozled as to what they are actually doing.

Lori, hence I caught you chatting with me on Face Book this morning from work. I know, you are good and you make it up by the end of the day.

Weese, yes, sometimes it is the company not the employee, but I did see that you got back on your feet with a job quickly.

Ginger, Robert Fripp once said that he had a distrust for professionalism. He wasn't making the statement against those that were professionals, but he meant those that are professional to the letter and do not bend. I saw a lot of that when I worked in a union shop where the "Lifers" as we called them would never considered doing something above and beyond.

Teri, Welcome to Rust. I think I have four readers from Virginia now that I know of. I'll have to do a cat story for you soon.

Paula, before you know it you'll have two lazy cats that will compete with one another for the best sleeping spot.

7:12 PM  
Blogger g said...

as a manager who hires/lets people go, i've laid off 3 and won't be bringing them back due to not stepping up to the plate or finding better talent to replace them. i don't ask for much other than to work hard and keep a good attitude. margins are a bit slimmer now so us manager monitor the budget a little closer now.

one guy i sent to work doing some concrete work because his other job had ended, he told the superintendent he didn't like to do concrete work. i love concrete work and couldn't understand. he's now looking for non concrete related work now.

we have about 50 employees that are for the most part hard workers and are busy (we are fortunate to have picked up a lot of work for this year).

8:58 PM  
Blogger Guy said...

g, Is yours a union workforce?

9:29 PM  
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