JournalismPakistan.com March 17, 2015
It is a fact that 95% of people did not expect to be doing what they are doing today. That means most of us have a huge gap between what we wanted to do and what we are doing.
That makes us misfits. Yet companies and organizations take us in because we learn to camouflage our true ambitions to survive. We reinvent ourselves to pay the bills. We need that job more than the company needs us.
Research also shows that as high as 80% of all staff globally are unhappy with their positions. That means loyalty to their present job is only a lack of option and not a virtue. We feel we are underpaid, overworked, exploited.
The third aspect. We are promoted from levels of competence to levels of incompetence. A field operative is given a desk job. He fails. A lone wolf is put in charge of a team. He is not a team man. A salesman is made an executive. He is lost.
Even so we are largely hard working, we come to work on time we do what we have to do, we display sincerity and dedication, we stay late, we volunteer, we protect our jobs.
So then why is it on a nice and sunny day we get the goodbye letter. Thank you for your services but clear your desk and take a hike. We go into shock. With good reason.
There are 8000 jobless people looking for our job. We will now be one of those 8000 looking for someone else’s job.
Remember three things:
Nobody needs you.
Nobody will miss you.
The world does not owe you a living.
(The writer is a Senior Editorial Advisor of Khaleej Times and the paper’s former Editor. He has also been the Editor of Gulf News, Gulf Today, Emirates Today andBahrain Tribune)
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