Ding Dong the Witch is Dead

Our Guest Peter Berner of Pilot Workplace Advisors contributes this piece

Hi there,  

bernerHere is my weekly 30 second idea for you and your career.

Erik is one of my career heroes. Erik had an MBA and a Doctorate. Erik delivered the mail at a large corporation we both worked at. Erik happily pushed his mail cart from office-to-office, floor-to-floor, every day. By choice, Erik worked at a stress-free job that paid him just enough to support a frugal but fulfilling life of freedom, travel and outdoor adventure. Erik made no apologies for not using his education to make more money. Erik was exactly where he needed and wanted to be in his life and career.  To those of us suffering the insanities of the workplace, the stress of corporate demands, the competition for promotion, the pressure of politics, the jerkiness of coworkers, Erik was something of a folk hero- easy to admire; hard to emulate.

There was a particularly mean, nasty, feared and despised senior executive at this company.  On the day that she was (finally) fired, Erik could be heard singing “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” (the famous Munchkin tune from ‘The Wizard of Oz’) as he pushed his mail cart throughout the building.  Hundreds of coworkers tried to suppress smiles while humming along under their breath; each of us knowing that Erik was the only one of us who could do what we all desperately wished we were willing or able to do. If Erik lost his job over this stunt (he didn’t) he could easily push a mail cart somewhere else.

Lovable goofballs like Erik are great reminders that we all make choices and trade-offs in our jobs and careers. Are you getting good value for the price you are paying to do your job?

Take great care of yourself, and your career. 

Peter Berner

Pilot Workplace Advisors


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About facet
FACET is a human resources consulting firm specializing in the four phases of the Talent Management Cycle: Attract, Retain, Develop, and Transition. The Group's practice specifically addresses facilitation of smooth career/life transitions for individuals leaving organizations as well as career management, leadership training and coaching for employees whose assignments within organizations are impacted by change or other organizational needs. By application of several directions of pursuit, the corporation accomplishes a single goal: maximum utilization of human resource potential and productivity through efficient hiring, training and career development. The Facet Group was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana. As an ARBORA GLOBAL PARTNER, The Facet Group shares a parallel philosophy of the highest quality and standards with other owner invested firms. Through this network, we provide services worldwide. To address organizational needs outlined by its clients, The Facet Group offers a comprehensive package of workplace consulting services, focusing on providing high quality, creative programs which favorably impact the bottom line.

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