Lazy, unmotivated employees

Just got off the phone with one of our Application Engineers from the Chicago office, Chris Mlynarczyk. Don’t worry, you can call him Chris M for short. Chris was frustrated with a customer who just didn’t seem to care about saving time or $$ in the development process.

Here at CFdesign, we are blessed to have a wildly dynamic corporate culture where everyone is important, valued, and fanatic about company success. We feed off each other. It’s easy to forget how unusual that culture is industry.

Fact is, there are plenty of career engineers out there who don’t take a personal view of their group’s budget/revenue and could care less about improving products… much less engineering processes. They simply want to do as little as possible so they can punch out for the day and still collect a check.

I don’t understand that kind of person. You spend at least a 3rd of your life at work. How can you get through a day at work without real passion? How can you disrespect the company that feeds you by plodding along as slowly as possible?

It’s difficult to fire someone for this mentality, because there are always minimum requirements and loopholes they can point to for defense. But, you can reward the passionate workers. You can also slowly change the soul of your team by looking for passion above all else in your hiring process.

Wanna succeed in business? Find creative ways to send the deadweight packing. You don’t have to fire them, just make it uncomfortable for them to stay. Look for passion and fire in the eyes of new hires- way more important than the resume.

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4 comments

  1. Glenn Crist · ·

    Hey Jeff, Ok that was spot on. I agree on both counts. 1) Unfortunately working for a company where people actually enjoy working (and working together) is an anomaly. 2) I haven’t ever seen the software yet that could overcome a poor work ethic or boorish behavior. These are management issues that won’t go away by simply ignoring them or throwing money at them. – Glenn

  2. Glenn Crist · ·

    Hey Jeff, Ok that was spot on. I agree on both counts. 1) Unfortunately working for a company where people actually enjoy working (and working together) is an anomaly. 2) I haven’t ever seen the software yet that could overcome a poor work ethic or boorish behavior. These are management issues that won’t go away by simply ignoring them or throwing money at them. – Glenn

  3. Jeff Waters · ·

    Thanks Glenn. Yep, no software will overcome a poor work ethic.

    The good news about your “anomaly” is that it offers great opportunity to any management team with the balls to make changes.

    It doesn’t take much effort to rise above the apathetic pack. And, you don’t have to win by a mile in business. You only have to be an inch better than your competitor!

  4. Jeff Waters · ·

    Thanks Glenn. Yep, no software will overcome a poor work ethic.

    The good news about your “anomaly” is that it offers great opportunity to any management team with the balls to make changes.

    It doesn’t take much effort to rise above the apathetic pack. And, you don’t have to win by a mile in business. You only have to be an inch better than your competitor!