Do Good Work


Lots of talk on the interwebs about doing good work. It’s very trendy career advice and it goes a little something like this.

  • Hunker down.
  • Ignore the drama.
  • Produce amazing results.
  • Be awesome.
  • Nothing else matters.

Yeah. No duh. Tough to disagree but I am always suspicious of easy answers. I wonder if this meme percolated because some passive-aggressive social media blogger couldn’t find a way to tell his colleague to be quiet and get back to work.

  • Shut the fuck up.
  • Get back to your desk.
  • Do the job we pay you to do.

I was once told that ‘shut the fuck up and do your job’ was inappropriate and naive management advice. Some people believe that leaders inspire great performance by helping an employee dig deeper to discover untapped potential.

[I was told this by a Human Resources lady, of course, who was a big believer in a rolling 90-day performance improvement plan that gave employees an opportunity to succeed.]

I think good work stands on its own. And poor performance is poor performance. I shouldn’t have to tell you to do good work because you are an adult and you are paid to do good work. All of your work should be good. In fact, I am going to measure it. Constantly. If your work isn’t good, there is no 90-day performance plan. There is now. And there will be consequences.

Crazy, I know.

I’m okay with inspiring people who want to learn and grow. I will help you dig deeper. But you should probably shut the fuck up and get back to work already.

And this is why I’m no longer in HR, you lucky bastards.

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