Have you Petered Out At Work?
Good chance you have.
One of my favorite management principles is the Peter Principle. Even if you are not familiar with the exact concept, you have likely witnessed it.
The Peter Principle, named for Dr. Laurence Peter, describes how people are promoted to the level of their incompetence.
It looks like this:
In my experience, once people reach this level, they squat there. I understand; it is the desired or “dream place” for many. It can also be called a comfort zone. These people show up to work, to their fancy office, and often manage to be left alone because the organization is unsure what to do with them. The company wants to avoid conflict, so they let the person sit there day after day, year after year, collecting a paycheck until they retire or “really” screw up.
For employers and people who strive to do meaningful work, dealing with those who are in the Peter Principle realm can be a nightmare.
However, another “Peter”-named principle, which I have encountered, has become my new favorite. It is The Peter-Out Principle.
The Peter-Out Principle looks like this:
According to Gallup, more than 70 percent of employees are not engaged at work. Is it because they have are no longer having fun? I think that may have something to do with it.
Are you having fun or have you Petered-Out?
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