I have noticed a trend taking place in the workplace, and I am wondering if it is indicative of the average organization nowadays or is it an isolated incident.
My observation is that there are those who receive great pay, who are educated (on average with a Master’s degree), along with at least 5 years plus seniority, that have a side gig or job that usually is related to their true “dream” or “passion”, or something related to it.
I know you have had to notice them. They are the employees that are extremely intelligent and talented, and you wonder, “Why are they still here?”; “I know they could go somewhere else and get paid!”; “Man I wonder how they survived so long with the company?”.
Well if you haven’t noticed this trend, I beg you to open your eyes. I have encountered this more times than not. Are these stagnant employees blessed with an insight and an understanding of the organization’s true state that others do not have? Have they gone behind the curtain to find out who the Wizard really is? Or are they determined that they are not interested in investing with the company any longer by the stress that a promotion or upper management can bring?
Whatever the case may be, I have found myself becoming less judgmental of these employees, to actually becoming jealous. The work I placed into climbing the corporate ladder left me tired, anxious, depressed, and frustrated. So I too, am learning to become like these insightful employees.
After all, there is more to life, than the workplace.
Are these employees “insightful or stagnant”? You be the judge.