A lazy employee? Don’t worry!
“See! How lazily he is moving! Its my fate to have such kind of employees in my mill!”, lamented that spinner.
He was taking me into the department to show a new kind of machine that he installed recently. We happened to see a middle management staff who seemed dragging himself.
“There is no reason for whining sir. Lazy people are born leaders!” I said.
He gave me a look which conveyed the meaning, ‘Are you insane?’ and let a sarcastic smile.
I looked him innocently. “It’s real sir! Do you know what Mr Bill gates said?”
Mentioning of an eminent personality for my defense made him to reflect for a while.
“Really! Does Mr Bill Gates support laziness? How could he build such a big monarch with lazy people?” He exclaimed.
“Not every people are lazy in his office. But he said that he would like to choose a lazy person to do a hard job, because a lazy person would find an easy way to do it.” I explained.
After a pause for fewer seconds he nodded. “Though it sounds shocking and crazy, it seems to be true”, he said. And with the same breath continued, “All the gadgets that have been invented are by lazy people for lazy people.”.
We both laughed.
“Those who don’t want to work harder, find out the ways to work smarter. Think of our spinning, how each and every invention and innovation make us lazy, that means makes our work easy!”, I told him.
“Yes, I know! Our mill is 75 years old. I could compare the works of initial and present years… and wow, how much we have developed! But, though they have made our works easy, I don’t accept that they have made us lazy”, he replied.
“Sir, first let’s remove the wrong connotation attached to the word ‘lazy’’”.
“What do you mean?”, he asked.
“Actually, we may divide the persons into four groups like clever, diligent, stupid and lazy. Usually any two characteristics are combined. With Clever and stupid in one axis and Diligent and Lazy in another axis we can have a four -cell matrix.” I stopped and draw that matrix on a paper.
He, on seeing the matrix, said, “Yes there are four groups now. 1. Clever and Diligent. 2. Clever and Lazy 3. Stupid and diligent 4. Stupid and lazy”
“Okay! Among them which group is the best?”, I asked him.
He fumbled for some time. Then, he told, “You tell me!”
“Sir, it is not my view, but, just the result of enormous studies around the world. The clever and Diligent people’s place in the office is the General staff. The stupid and Lazy people are suitable for routine duties. We need to beware of stupid and diligent people who must not be entrusted with any responsibility because they will always cause only mischief. Finally, the best which is the rest of the categories, is Clever and Lazy people. From the studies, it has been found that they possess the intellectual clarity and the composure necessary for difficult decisions. They are for the highest leadership duties.” I finished my explanation.
“Ok. Let’s all become lazy”, said the spinner winking at me. When seeing surprise marks in my face he concluded, “with an endeavor to become clever alongside!”.
We both laughed together. LOL!