When a new person joins your team they want to know what is expected of them; how long the commute is, what their pay cheque will be every two weeks. Basic stuff. Most people coast through this stage pretty quickly.
Next, people begin to explore how the new job makes them feel. Are they good at what is being asked of them? Are they getting positive feedback? Does anyone care about them or notice what they are doing and how well they do it? This is the self-esteem building phase of engagement.
If a job increases a person’s feeling of well-being and self-worth, then they can move on to even higher levels of engagement, merging their own ambition with that of the organization. If they don’t get this feeling, they are stuck in this phase, just putting in time at work. Many people get stuck right here. Stuck in a job that they don’t have the aptitude to be good at or stuck working for a leader who treats everyone the same, not validating the good work they are doing.
If you are doing great work for a leader who is not interested in you, you need to plan your departure at a time that works for you and not feel guilty about it.
If you are a leader and you can see that you are trapping someone, and all avenues to match their aptitude with the work available have been explored, you need to let them go. Though it may not seem like it at the time, terminating someone who is stuck in a job that they have no aptitude for is a kindness to them and to your organization.
IBEX Payroll extends our profound respect and immeasurable gratitude to all the ancestors and keepers of the land on whose traditional territories our work takes place. We acknowledge that we are on Treaty 1 territory, the traditional gathering place of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene people and the traditional homeland of the Métis people. This land is sacred, historical, and significant.
Every time we acknowledge this truth, we have an invitation and an opportunity to reflect on the wrongs of the past, what we do in the present, and what we can do to continually honour the people whose lands and water we benefit from today.
This statement only acts as a first step in honouring the land we reside on and its peoples, and must be paired with education, understanding and informed action.