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.
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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