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Workplace "Zombie Employees": The truth of the layoffs at the end of the year is here

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文|赵晓璃

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As the taste of the Lunar New Year in 2018 becomes more and more intense, the year-end awards and the layoffs of layoffs form a contrast between the two worlds. Whether it is the traditional industry or the emerging Internet industry, there are many in the face of the unpredictable market environment. Completed the important work of "internal exchange of blood".

Those companies that were once enveloped by the aura, ZTE, Huawei, Didi, OFO... have once reached the point of "reduction of layoffs."

Occupational crisis is like a boulder in the heart of every workplace. It is breathless and you want to get rid of it, but you can't start.

1. What is the real career dilemma?

Now, let's review the experiences that have plagued you: for example, to make you confused about the experience of suspicion of life? Or are you struggling and struggling to try to get out of trouble?

I have been exposed to a large number of workplace counseling cases and gradually found out that if one sentence describes the survival dilemma of most people in the workplace, I think that would be:

"I don't feel the growth in my current job. It's boring and boring. It feels terrible. But I don't know what I am good at, and I am always worried about whether this job can be saved."

Have you ever wondered why you are always in the same workplace dilemma?

Perhaps there is only one problem, and that is feedback.

It is said that each person's day will make decisions hundreds of times, but more than 99% of the decisions have been completed by your subconscious mechanism in a "default" way.

For example, is your breakfast a must-have white boiled egg? Does the subway like to lean against the door or stand in the middle of the aisle? Do you meet colleagues on the road, do you like to greet each other enthusiastically or smile?

But these questions never pose any problems for you, because in the long-term experience your body and mind have formed your deterministic feedback: a white boiled egg in the morning gives the body a comfortable feedback, take the subway Leaning on the door is good for getting out of the station and rushing out of the door. You meet colleagues and greet each other because the response from colleagues is also very warm and friendly.

But the dilemma of career is that you need to face a lot of uncertainty feedback (Uncertainty-feedback).

For example, you can never be sure whether you are resigning better or staying better; you will never know if your future efforts will yield the corresponding rewards in the future; you can’t know what to do to get leadership. Appreciation and recognition by colleagues, and so on.

In fact, many people are unconscious when they are in the “critical moments” of the workplace: TA will be there, due to the role of “uncertain feedback”, TA will choose to stay in place, even afraid to pay even more than one. The effort of the points, or, to be exact, the place where the force is not clear.

They have been so stunned for a day and a day, they can’t go up, they can’t go down: they will think that their efforts are not getting the reward they deserve, and they are dismissive of their responsibilities and positions; Whether it is the cost of labor or the cost of dismissal, it is increasing.

Gradually, they became the "zombie employees" in the enterprise: they always have a lot of complaints every day, and they lack motivation and enthusiasm to do things. They feel that they can't get satisfactory salary no matter how hard they use. It's better to forget, you can do less. It’s a little bit, it’s a little bit of responsibility...

These "zombie employees" often become the "number one clean-up target" for corporate layoffs.

Second, why is the career breakthrough so difficult?

The process of seeking a career breakthrough is essentially the process of turning some “uncertainty feedback” into “deterministic feedback”.

Almost every person in the workplace dreams of a world-class experience that can be done with no matter what you do.

So you keep moving and try constantly, but all the changes will encounter dilemmas:

1. Internal feedback: diminishing marginal benefits

You heard that the new media industry is a trend, so after you graduated, you have found a new media editor. At the beginning, you are confident and full of energy every day. You have gradually changed from the most basic review editor to the editor of the conference. Later, I could even imitate some rhetoric routines and write some mature and smooth chicken soup.

Your boss appreciates you, the company's public number is driven by you. Many friends will also feel how your article can be written so well, so you have more motivation to find materials online and make them patchwork. Combine the routines you have explored to form one article after another.

However, as time goes by, the tastes of the audience are changing. They will gradually decrease the stimuli of your article style or content. This is the law of “declining marginal benefit”; and your own freshness of this matter is also reduced. This event will bring you less and less experience and pleasure.

This means that almost all internal feedback is the same: whether you are learning any new knowledge or practicing a new skill, you will find that the initial change will be great, but it will not take long A bottleneck in the headache.





2, external feedback: lag until the breakthrough point

If you can't get strong feedback from within, you'll be inclined to look for external feedback.

For example, the growth rate of fans of the company's public number platform tends to be flat at the beginning. You may not be able to bring you a surprising fan change when you write a slogan. But when you write more, the public number continues to produce explosives. Text, once a node has passed, it will grow significantly.

It's like you swear to lose weight. The initial feedback (your weight, body fat rate, etc.) is not obvious, and a qualitative leap will occur after a certain node has passed.




The reason why most people in the workplace become "zombie employees" is that internal feedback is exhausted and delays are not enough for external feedback: on the one hand, they lose their enthusiasm and motivation, on the other hand, they have not formed strong core capabilities and advantages. Not being reconciled to the status quo and lack of willingness and action to change, and thus constantly self-depleting, has become a huge cost in the organization.

When the organization needs internal reforms or a strong market impact, in order to seek new vitality, we will definitely consider "changing blood", discarding the necrotic blood and letting fresh blood in, in order to usher in a glimmer of life.




Therefore, these "zombie employees" have become the "reduction list" of enterprises.

Third, how to avoid becoming a "zombie employee" in the enterprise?

1. Value Core: What value can you provide is much greater than what you think you have.

Back in the early days of commodity trading, I have a basket of fresh cabbage and you have a box of eggs.

If you are short of cabbage, I am short of eggs, so I exchange a basket of cabbage for your box of eggs, and the deal is reached.

But then, more and more people are selling cabbage, which means that I suddenly have a lot of competitors.

If I still want to continue to fight for this box of eggs, I have to do one thing, that is to understand your needs and preferences for cabbage: How big is your ideal cabbage? What is the taste of your ideal cabbage? Do you have specific requirements for the freshness of cabbage? and many more.

The more information I know, the easier it is for me to provide your ideal cabbage in exchange for the box of eggs I need.

This is especially true in the workplace.

A business is like a party that offers eggs, and you are the one that sells cabbage.

In reality, except for a small number of positions that are less than demand, most positions, especially grassroots positions, are oversupplied. At this time, whether you can bring the value that they hope to the enterprise is crucial.

2, thinking switching: from working thinking to boss thinking.

The core of working thinking is: How much work do you give me, how much labor I will pay, and I will not pay a point more [first look at the return and then pay).

The core of the boss's thinking is: Does my investment in this position match the benefits that this position brings to me [seeking a relative balance between input and output].

We try to do the following analysis with the boss's thinking (input-output ratio).

Suppose a person spends 8 hours a day at work. This is the input of this person, then the corresponding output is: What tasks did this person complete on the day? What is the quality of the completion? What value has it created for the company? and many more.

If this person does not have the boss's thinking, TA will only stare at the small profits in front of him, for example, because the salary can not meet the requirements and passively absenteeism, neither want to improve their work efficiency from the value level, and do not want to start from the relationship level and The boss communicated, so he was consumed by this dissatisfaction for a long time. During the 8 hours of work, there was a lot of time for chatting, visiting Taobao, playing games, and there was very little time for real work.

In this way, the input-output ratio of this person at work is very low; for him personally, it is impossible to bring any improvement.

3, to resolve the boring art: self-energy, enjoy each paragraph now.

As a yoga enthusiast, there is an experience that makes me remember.

It was a year of practicing yoga. For me, the freshness of the first-time yoga has passed. Every day is the body style. It is inevitable that I feel dull and boring. Later, the coach felt that I needed to improve the intensity of the exercise. It changed from an hour before to two hours.

Soon I felt that I couldn’t help myself. I felt tired when I practiced it. At the same time, I felt that it was so abused. Even if I took a break several times, I still felt very tired.

The beauty of Cai around me is totally different from me. She is not in a hurry and enjoys it.

I am very curious, just ask her.

She told me that you should never think about how long it will take to end, and don't always stare at the goals set before; to study each individual style, such as how this style fits with breathing, the essentials and strength of each style point to the end Where, wait, and then slowly experience, you will not feel exhausted.

In short, with the help of Chua Beauty, I really realized the mystery of yoga, and I was no longer as tired as I used to.

In the eyes of many people, the so-called success must be confronted with self. Thinking about these is enough to make people feel fearful, and how can they support you to persist?

If you are mostly dead with willpower, it is probably because you are still in the early stages.

The real master is precisely to enjoy each process, they find the current fun outside the target: such as the pleasure of advancing a task smoothly, such as the interesting accidents that occur when dealing with customers today, such as colleagues who overcome a problem The past work of working together to gather together, and so on, these constitute a vivid picture of memory, and the fun behind it is the "fuel" of their growth, giving them a steady stream of energy, driving them to get one after another. One's success.

the above.

thank you for your time.



PS: New Year's heavy welfare

From January 1st to December 31st, 2017, I wrote 185 articles on workplace and personal growth, totaling 573,435 words, counting the pictures, enough to produce an 800-page medium-length novel.

In order to save my friends the time wasted to search for articles, I have reorganized the basics of this year's work, and picked out some representative articles for you to review and read. It is a gift for all of you.

The acquisition method is as follows:


About the author: Zhao Xiaoli, workplace writer, career counselor, national third-level psychological counselor, LinkedIn Chinese columnist, 36-inch invited author. I am afraid that "I am afraid that trouble is your biggest obstacle" and "Please stop the ineffective efforts"; in 2017, the new book "Stop blind efforts: your life needs to be redesigned" has sold 50,000 copies in three months. WeChat public number "glass language beauty" (crystal_words), Sina Weibo