Clients versus bosses

Most employees do not dimension the importance of accept a salary as an exchange for time and loyalty. The employee has the main responsibility for choosing the right place to work. The human civilization has been developed through the ability of humans to agree certain rules. Agreements made possible to create political and economic systems upon which to build the civilization. If people do not respect rules, the system shut down.
Job is voluntary. Nobody in a democratic country can be forced to work. People are free to change job at any time. There is an implicit contract between the employer and the employee saying that employees agree to obey commands from the employer if the employer fulfills the promise of pay a salary.
Since employees voluntarily agree to work in a company, in order to honor their word, they must to concede the authority to their employers to tell them what is wrong or right at work. However, many employees do not understand this. They think they have the right to take autonomous decisions at work beside what their bosses could think. This idea could be more pertinent during the time where supervisor’s job was to control and push people to do mechanics jobs. However, those times are gone. Today, the unemployment is very low and supervisors should be leaders and mentors. I can understand that in many places supervisor are not knowledgeable enough to perform as leader and mentor, but this do not justify disloyalty. If the subordinate think the supervisor do not deserve their obedience, they have the obligation of to resign or request change of position. I am not saying this is an easy thing to do, considering the chaos of many organizations, but this is the right thing. Employees betray the confidence of the employer when they receive money from people or companies they do not respect.
Employees have to choose carefully their bosses. Today bosses have to be understood as clients. Professional growth, financial health, and psychological safety depend on who is your boss.
Clients have the authority to say if providers are doing wrong or good. Unlike bosses, clients receive the authority from their providers/subordinate, not from the organizational authority. It is the subordinate who DECIDE voluntarily to concede the authority to his/her clients to say what is good or wrong at work. This change the traditional paradigm about what is work. During Taylor’s era, it was fine to define work as tasks that are performed by someone. Today, tasks are not important but what the client says it is important. The focus is what the client think. Your job then, is to make your boss think that you are doing well. If you think your boss has not competencies to tell you what is good, then you should resign, otherwise you become a traitor. You cannot accept money if you are not willing to obey to whom is paying you. It is not about submission, it is about to choose the right clients and to honor your word. Organizations need the right people on the right bus. Employees need to know very well what they want and what are their values. It is their responsibility to work in the right place. When you do not like your boss or your company, your are the victimizer not the victim.



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