Make no mistake about it, a bored employee is a dangerous employee. Now, I’m not talking about security danger, like the person would show up one day, shooting everybody on site.
I’m not talking about the typical workplace violence that seems to be taking the United States by storm. I’m talking about something else. I’m talking about the danger to your bottom line.
You see, when somebody’s bored, it’s not like they will tell the boss that they are bored. It’s not like they will tell their supervisor that they’re really not getting much out of their job, although they’re getting paid well.
So how do you know? Well, first of all, they’re probably going to miss the deadline. That’s a red flag.
Another sign of a bored employee is that this person isn’t as creative as he or she normally is. In other words, when they are faced with a choice to get from Point A to Point B in a creative, powerful and value added way, they always take the short cut.
In other words, they always do the long way around. In other words, they’re just putting in the time. They’re just going through the motions.
They feel that as long as they punch the clock coming in and coming out of work, 8 hours a day, day after day, then they are going to get paid sooner rather than later. That’s their mindset.
It’s as if their soul has given up. It’s as if that creative spark that everybody has had basically flickered out and died as far as they are concerned.
They are lifers. They are just people who are just going through the motions. They are people who just converted their work into some sort of empty dead ritual.
Now, I’m not saying that these people are just completely crappy and worthless. The work is still there. They still deliver work, although it’s late from time to time and the quality isn’t all that good.
But unfortunately, these are the kind of people that the typical software company hangs on to because human resources people, as well as supervisors and managers, are under the impression that it just would cost too much money to find somebody with the same skill set and train that person to get to the same level.
In other words, they’d rather stick with the devil they know than roll the dice with the devil they don’t know.
But little do they know that they don’t have to roll the dice all that much to end up with an angel because a bored employee is a dangerous employee as far as your company’s profitability is concerned.
So how do you get people to wake up? How do you get people to snap out of that boredom? How do you get people to become re-energized and get some new wind under their wings, so to speak?
Well, it’s actually quite simple. In fact, it doesn’t really take much thinking. Just make your workplace more fun. This is especially helpful when you run some sort of creative company.
I’m not just talking about companies that do web design, graphics design, content writing, SEO or any other kind of expressive type of work. I’m talking beyond that. I’m talking also about technology companies that produce software.
Believe it or not, software is actually very, very inspiration and creativity intensive. So do yourself a big favor, allow your employees to ride around their own personal hoverboards.
I know these little devices, which are self propelled, look really good. They definitely look really cool. And it’s that cool factor that draws new fans to them like moths to a flame.
So allow your employees to bring in the kind of hoverboard UK sports fans love. So that when they’re scooting around the office, not only do they keep themselves entertained, but they also distract other people long enough to recharge their emotional and creative batteries so people don’t die slowly inside. That’s the big danger you’re trying to avoid.