It's all about passion and being a geek!
Yes, I admit it. I'm a geek! Or a nerd if you will. Not in the sense that I'm allergic to sunlight, or have no idea how to talk to women, but much more in the sense that I love my job and like to find solutions to tough problems, or design new landscapes, or even explaining to other departments how the technology in the background works.
But it seems (enterprise sized) companies don't value that as much as they did before?
I talked to various people from various industries, and to me it seems that a lot of companies tend too sort of "mold" the employee in to something that he is not, or doesn't even want to be.
Outsourcing is a big issue. The market, or more likely the stock holders, demand it. "We will save big bucks, no matter what the cost is!". That automatically means that the role of the person doing his or her job before changes in to something else. You will often hear the term "coordinator" or something like "skill/knowledge holder". And those are the people that worked with a lot of passion before.
But they need to change. These people have a lot of knowledge, but are said to be "too expensive" for their everyday chores. But are they? Are they really?
Or to just paint this picture for myself... I'm in to tech. I enjoy the things I mentioned above, but I am too expensive to actually do those things? I should train people from a different country or even continent and then perform higher level work? I can actually imagine that this might be interesting. But what about others? What about people who are happy were they were, and with what they were doing? Is it actually worth it trying to push people in to different roles, even with the possibility of losing those people?
I am all for evolution. We need to accept new things, and we need to learn if we want to be better. But do we want to be better at the things we are passionate about, or should we become something we are not at the risk of not being passionate about the things we learned?
I know a lot of people with passion for what they do, and you know what? I love working with them, because these people inspire. They are good at what they do, and I would hope that I get the chance to be a little like them in the things I love. But it makes me sad to see them lose their passion. They will get frustrated, or even worse, in the end it won't matter to them anymore. They won't care, and that is probably the worst thing that can happy to a company?
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