I’ve had many conversations in my career with employees who “essentially” felt they were probably more important to the business than they really were. You know who I’m talking about! The ones who at some point let it slip: “This place would shut down if I wasn’t here” or “Let’s see how you do if I leave” or “I made this company what it is today”. It’s usually a sales person, or technical person who have had big roles, no doubt, but they begin to get a little too big for their own britches (as my grandmother would say). Over time I’ve developed a good two point test to determine if someone is Essential or Non-essential to your business.
Read the whole post at The Tim Sackett Project (an FOT contributor blog)
If you Google “Tim Sackett” you’ll find our Tim, and a truck driver chaplain. Our Tim is NOT the truck driver chaplain, although how awesome would that be if he was!? He is a prolific writer in the HR and TA space who just happens to also run an Engineering and IT contract staffing agency (HRU Technical Resources) out of Michigan. He also writes every day at his own blog, the Tim Sackett Project. Weirdly, he’s known as an expert in workplace hugging, which was kind of cool years ago, but now seems painfully creepy, but we still love him and he’s fairly harmless. Tim is also on the board of the Association of Talent Acquisition Professionals (ATAP), lifetime Michigan State Spartan fan, husband to a Hall of Fame wife, 3 sons, and his best friend Scout. He also wrote a book with SHRM called The Talent Fix, you can find it on Amazon.