Get in the Game – No Benchwarmers Allowed

Get in the Game! No company hires workers without expecting them to work (unless there’s something like nepotism going on). Hopefully the person who hires the employee chose that individual based on the talents and skills they perceived the person to have. Managers always hire in hope that they chose someone who will contribute to the organization, but “sometimes you win, sometimes you learn”(a phrase I’m borrowing that I heard from a huge inspiration of mine, Johnny Agar. Look him up on Google). Not everyone will contribute effectively to the organization because not everyone has the organizations best interest in mind. Sometimes people just need a job, or health insurance, or somewhere they can go every day and support themselves.

Is this the kind of employee you want working for you? I would hope you would like to hire employees that hate to be on the sidelines, that ask to step in whenever possible, and play with full intensity. If this does not describe your employees then you need to have the discussion and tell them to “Get in the Game – no Benchwarmers Allowed”. No organization deserves sideline employees that drain the organizations resources. There are no business plans that include mediocre employees on the payroll. Everyone in the organization needs to contribute whatever they can. Of course there will be unequal levels of contributions, but no contributions should equal no employment. An organization is a team of individuals who contribute to a common goal.

Look into your organization and figure out who the real contributors are and find a way to reward and recognize them. As for those who do not contribute, your leadership team needs to have a 1 on 1 with them and advise them to “Get in the Game”.

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“…you have to want to be engaged. There has to be deep-seated desire in your heart and mind to participate, to be involved, and to make a difference. If the desire isn’t there, no person or book can plant it within you.”                               –Tim Clark

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