Growth and Expansion at work is your birth right!

Posted on: September 3, 2009

2 responses re: your birth right to have growth at work regardless of the cirumstances.


I am happy to hear that you have many friends who are happy where they are without growth in their positions. We are just simply viewing the matter from a very different perspective. My thoughts are as we are humans thus we are created to desire growth where ever we are to be satisfied and reaching our highest potential is crucial to feel fulfillment. Look at a plant, how do you feel if you put a glass on it and limit its growth when it has the potential of reaching beyond the ceiling? It maybe convenient to put the glass on top for the employer but it does not do the employee justice if s/he has way more to offer than what their current position allows them. We are not machines that are created to repeat the same thing over and over without any possible upward movement. If that is the case, there is a position can be replaced by machine, there is no need for a human employee. I have my own small business on the side and my philosophy has always been that I want to help each and every one of those employees to succeed in whatever way that is fulfilling for them, including pushing them to set goals and reaching for their next level. Because I believe that if I help them succeed, my business will flourish with success as well. If they can’t grow with me, I see myself as ruthless if I keep having them and restricting them in a position that I can no longer provide success for them. I will let them go to seek opportunities that would further their success in terms of growing to their highest potential and become the person that they are driven to be. It does not matter the circumstances, if they are determined to grow, there are plenty of opportunities to allow this to happen. We are never stuck unless we allow the stagnation to continue. I don’t view my friend’s case as luxury, I see it as if she choose this path to be the happiest person she can be, she well deserves that path.


I understand your point of view but again we are simply viewing the situation from very different diverge point. I understand that some need to be put food and pay bills but there are definitely more than one way or income stream in this entire world that one can tap into to provide for themselves and their family. There are more than one position created within the company and outside the company that will meet the needs of both the employee and the employer. When I speak of growth, I am referring to a place where there is no upward mobility, you’ve had all the necessary education, experiences, client volumes and ROI to deliver and had achieved all the targets for the company but yet you just can’t move higher into the next level. As you said, move the plant, seek an opportunity elsewhere in the world. It makes perfect sense to allow those who want growth to have it. WE are meant to be happy and fulfilled in our lives. Career is only a small part of it. Additionally, being honest and forthcoming to the employee that s/he has reached the highest level allowed in an organization and letting them the opportunities to find greater and better things aren’t equate to letting the plant die, you gain respect from the employee. You gain respect as you are not misrepresenting to the employee or taking him/her advantage. 5 year is a long time and we don’t have that very many 5 years in our prime so seizing the opportunity to change is just being diligent to your own career development. In fact, when the plant wants growth and when the person needs that challenge and not receiving the nourishment it needs would shorten its life span. Research has been done that psychological discomfort (not seeing hope in the current position) could develop and manifest in physical discomfort (headache, back ache, depression w/ loss of appetite, etc.) No job is worth that amount of struggle. Holding onto something that stifle its growth and dampen its confidence for the sole purpose of adhering to the company’s own objective that benefits no one but the employer, you are not being respectful to the employee’s potential and helpful to your employee sanity. You never know, if you truly wish their success and not restrict them to find better things, perhaps, they will bring clients back to the old firm remembering the encouragement the former employer once gave to allow for a life changing experience for him or her when s/he so needed it.


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