If You Insist That I Work Then I’m Leaving
Have you noticed how time limits, like time expiring in football games, tend to drive performers to heightened levels of achievement? But when there are no time limits, objectives just drift on and on with less and less accountability.
It might be interesting if the boss said, “You have until four o’clock to produce this new approach, the clock is up there on the wall, and if you don’t have it by then the game is over and you’ll have to leave, take your personal belongings with you.”
I know, I know: People would protest, sue, leave, and the media would go crazy. You can’t hold people responsible like that, it’s draconian.
But how many of the members of the “Great Resignation” are simply people who don’t want to have to perform against certain standards and are seeking more pay for less work?
Larry Winget wrote a book about it: There’s A Reason They Call It Work.