A friend of mine recently had the awkward experience of starting a new job BEFORE the person he was replacing had been fired. He had to wait in an empty office while the predecessor was given the pink slip and escorted out. It was not a good way to begin.
Job replacements don't happen nearly often enough at the Ridge Household & Co. For example, I tend to wait until an employed light bulb has far exceeded his wattage and become burned out in his position for a long time, before I think about hiring a bright new recruit.
The plug-in air fresheners become obsolete dinosaurs before I consider finding a fresh employee that will gel nicely with the work environment.
Guest towels usually become embroiled in sordid affairs before I am willing to wipe my hands clean of them. I should, at the first hint of scandalous dirt, seek replacements with spotless records.
But I'm busy. I'm distracted. I'm too lazy to dig through drawers of applications to find the perfect replacements. It seems I promote these guys to their level of incompetence and then leave them there, while I wonder why we've lost our cutting edge.
Today's Small Thing is to fire those employees who have outlasted their usefulness, cleanliness or stylishness.
Do some recruiting and replace them with applicants who are bright, competent, clean and willing to work hard in your environment. Burned out light bulbs, air-fresheners, towels...these guys are just the tip of the corporate iceberg. How about place mats, sheets, and table cloths? A dusty old flower arrangement that you know is obsolete. Windshield wiper blades that scrape. Filters, batteries, motor oil. A dingy bra that ain't holding anything up. Really now.
Use your managerial skills to get rid of the dead weight personnel, and find replacements that will increase efficiency, solidify your branding as a leader, and generally give your organization the boost it needs.
What positions need replacing at your house??
Song of the Day: Beauty for Ashes, Crystal Lewis Ray - what a great replacement!