Date
25 March 2017
I spent long hours reading all kinds of management books, hoping to learn tricks on how to make my staff more productive. Photo: Internet
I spent long hours reading all kinds of management books, hoping to learn tricks on how to make my staff more productive. Photo: Internet

The greatest management lesson I ever learned

This year, another batch of my employees marked a whole decade in the company.

When I started my business, I spent long hours reading all kinds of management books, hoping to learn tricks on how to make my employees more productive, or how to retain talent.

I thought about these things all the time, but other than making myself look like an idiot, I seemed to have achieved nothing.

Later, my baby was born. I had to spend so much time and energy taking care of him that I no longer delved on management questions.

And so the fewer “great ideas” I came up with, the more efficient my staff became. Turnover rate also declined.

Then I realized that my biggest contribution to the company is to stay away from it, except when I have to sign the paychecks.

One of the long timers told me why he chose to stick with my company.

“Because I am happy working here,” he said.

But why?

It’s certainly not because I am paying him a lot, or because benefits are great, or job prospects are excellent.

Being such an honest person, he told me the real reason.

He loves the job because I am not around most of the time.

“I feel so free,” he said.

I can’t help wonder why all the fuss about management.

The article first appeared in the writer’s blog.

Translation by Raymond Tsoi

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