I am presently working on my third book. I hate to call it a book because it is a complete programme through which I intend to start a culture. It is titled The WOW Factor Staff. If you take a look at the cover of my first book, you will notice that the line under my name reads “Creator, The Wow Factor Staff.” It doesn’t read “Author” but “Creator.” But let me stop right there and tell you why I brought this up. We were just looking at the term “workplace relevance”, right?
Well, I have been speaking with a few persons about some of the theories in the book. In the process of doing that, a friend of mine told me a story that happened in her office. According to her, one of her colleagues went on a leave and on the day of his resumption, everyone was quite pumped up, welcoming him back to the office. While that was going on, their boss suddenly walked in.
With a confused frown on his face, the boss asked “you mean this man has been on leave?” Her colleague still enthused answered and said “yes, I’ve been on leave sir.”
“But we didn’t miss you at all,” the boss interjected. He looked around the room and said “I never missed this man. Is there anyone here that had to remind me that Mr. Kolo (let’s call him that, ok?) is on leave?”
Everyone shook their heads, knowing that there was trouble lurking around the corner.
“Frankly, who amongst you missed him while carrying out your day to day duties?”
No answer came from anyone.
“Let’s get to the HR department,” the boss said while giving Mr. Kolo a little wave.
Mr. Kolo was paid some benefits and advised to resign or get sacked. That was the end of his job.
That sounds wicked right? Maybe! But the bitter truth is that Mr. Kolo has not been good at building relevance on the job. The boss is a realist. If a person’s absence is not felt in a place, there is no need for the person to continue enjoying the benefits of place.
If the forecasts for 2017 are anything to go by, more people will lose their jobs. Consequently, it is only those who have workplace relevance that will keep their jobs. So, if you are like Mr. Kolo, it is now time to make a drastic move to become relevant to your boss and to the organization.
Workplace relevance is something one should continually build. Do you have someone in your office, who in any way fits the profile above? What characteristics do you think have set them apart. Kindly share with us in the comment section below.