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Everyone’s heard of the stereotypical, disgruntled, malcontented, long time employee (SDMLTE) who “can’t wait to retire”. Why is this Dilbertonian image a stereotype? Because it’s so ubiquitous that it’s unquestioningly accepted by the vast majority of people as “that’s the way it is everywhere”. Well, is it? Do you really think that every organization on this earth has a surplus of SDMLTEs? Call me idealistic, but I assert “no”.

I opine that there are few (very, very, very, very,  few) companies whose old warhorses, graybeards and bluehairs are uncommon, happy, content, long time employees (UHCLTE). Compared to the moo-herd of corpocracies that litter the land, these scarce diamonds in the rough have a huge UHCLTE to SDMLTE ratio. I’ll also profer that as a company gets larger, its  UHCLTE to SDMLTE ratio decreases. That’s because as a company grows in size, bad management increases while great leadership decreases within the citadel walls – regardless of what the corpo stewards repeatedly espouse. Bummer.

Happy To Malcontent Ratio

  1. Ray
    November 3, 2009 at 8:11 am

    Using your terminology UHCLTEs stay happy if they believe their input is valued and respected. They turn into SDMLTEs if the management thinks that their opinion carries as much weight as the diamonds in the rough. UHCLTEs sometimes tell management things that management doesn’t want to hear. That is based on experience. The poor managers will keep seeking people to answer that they, management wants. Enough of these experiences will turn a UHCLTE to a SDMLTE.

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