Today while reading a press release we’re about to send to the masses regarding a new Athlete we’ve recently signed to the team, one word stood out to me. Employees.
In this athlete’s statement regarding this new partnership, he talks about his stoke and excitement towards working with us and how the employees of our company are amazing, etc.. We share the same sentiments as he does – on all levels, but it was interesting how this word stuck out to me.
Since I had this reaction, I decided to look up the definition of “Employee”, and this is what Merrium Webster had to say:
\im-ˌplȯ(i)-ˈē, (ˌ)em-; im-ˈplȯ(i)-ˌē, em-\
: one employed by another usually for wages or salary and in a position below the executive level – a person working for another person or a business firm for pay.
After I read the definition of this word, i realized why it doesn’t jive with me. The idea of a person working for another had never really tickled my fancy. Maybe it’s because I grew up in a family of entrepreneurs – where lifestyle was number one and money came from sources of inspiration, passion and persistence. Not from 40 hours per week. Maybe it’s also because I get so sad when my friends can’t take a trip with me because they’re only allowed “2 weeks” off each year.
Anyhoo, part of the reason I love what I do, and why our company has been so successful thus far is because we have no employees.
We do, however, have a crew of 8 highly motivated, inspired and passionate individuals who all work together, fulfilling individual callings.
That sounds a bit woo woo, I know, but this is the truth.
Ask any of the crew here who they work for and why they do it, I think you’d be surprised at their answer. We all work towards common GOALS that we set together as a team, but how we accomplish those goals is all up to the individual.
This makes for a fertile growing environment for individualism, expression and creativity. Which, in turn, I believe leads to greater success – both in the business world and out.
Who do you work for? What do you get in return for what you put in?
Something to think about…