Everyone is Replaceable

By Brent Pohlman | Small Business

Everyone is Replaceable image ID 1002134431Everyone is ReplaceableIf you have this mentality, you will strive each day to add value and work to help the company and yourself.

WARNING: The following article may be a tough read for some people. This article might make some employees and executives reevaluate their current work habits and thoughts regarding their current work.

This type of mentality is critical to instill into people. Every company has valuable people in it. The most valuable people are often tapped by outside organizations. The top people are often working the jobs of two or three people.

However, I am seeing a new type of culture where the workplace is quickly eroding and the culture of team is really being threatened. Some people want to work and others believe work is just something they need to do for eight hours before they really live for themselves. Some high paying executives are being called out because they are not as productive as they once were.

In the 80′s and 90′s, I remember reading articles where people in the workforce were not spending their whole careers with one company. This was news at the time. Today, I would add that work is being replaced by leisure and people are working fewer hours than they used to.

I talked about productivity in an earlier post and I keep coming back to this term.

Having an “Everyone is replaceable” mentality is a driver for me. For some it may produce stress or even anxiety. My advice to you, if you want to succeed, you need to always keep learning and working to improve productivity. This is reflected in the way you serve your external clients and your internal clients. Believe it or not, you need to rely on others if you are going to be successful. You can’t do it alone. This is where trust and priorities come in.


You need to work everyday and find out who you can trust. In addition, you as an employee need to respect other people and make sure you can assist others when needed. Developing trust is a two-way street. Watch House of Cards if you want to see where distrust can lead.


As an employee, regardless of where you are on the organizational chart, you need to understand where the company is headed. If you don’t know keep asking. If you still don’t get answers, keep asking. Some top managers do not know where they are headed and it is time that they get a better handle on what is happening.


Whatever type of task you currently perform, know that someone out there could do your job better. Companies need people who they can trust and have their priorities in order. Make sure you carry these two concepts with you at all times and work to add value with your company everyday. This is definitely a win-win for you and your company.

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