Madbot’s Workplace Observation – 3 – Evolution of the Worker Bee

Posted by Madbot on May 30, 2005 in Workplace Observation |

Working class men, blue collar, plebs – there are all sorts of names to represent the workers of our society.

Most of us entered the workforce because:

1 – need money
2 – need something to do with all that spare time!
3 – it’s the logical thing to do
4 – fulfill the ambition

Whatever the reason is, we entered the workforce and became a part of the statistics. But do we want to stay at the same position when we first entered the force forever?

The average worker bee goes through an evolution, or even a “career path”. We all have dreams of glory or, for some, a quiet and prepared retirement at our choosing. But achieving our dreams is not an easy task. Too many times we simply “live” the path without thinking and years later we find ourselves in a different place to where we thought we’d be. The lucky ones end up somewhere they enjoy. The rest end up wondering what the hell happened and how we get ourselves back on track – and this time, how do we identify and stay on the right path.

The evolution of the worker bee is an interesting one. Much like human evolution, we evolve from a simple individual to a vastly more complicated identity educated by our new learned skills and daily experiences. Philip Vago (aka Peter Hawkes) prepared this illustration.



The illustration in full is here – http://www.madbot.org/storage/WorkerBee.gif

The idea assumes that there is a goal at the end of the path, a better place filled with money, glory, or whatever our dream target is. In real life, perhaps there is no end to the path for some of us as greed overtakes us and it always seems that there’s more to be taken if we take one more step. But that’s not the point here.

The issue here is that the average worker bee goes through an evolution. Not all worker bees are happy to take on such evolution. Some choose to remain stagnant while some work hard to equip themselves with the tools to prepare and fight for the next ladder up.

The illustration covers a few other points:

First – if you stay stagnant, you will not evolve. Is it possible for you to achieve dream target? Sure, but that then assumes you already have an advantage over others or lady luck favours you. You’re most likely to stay a monkey.

Second – it takes new knowledge to evolve. For example, being a troublemaker means trying different avenues, thinking outside the square, and not accepting things the way it’s given to you. It has the potential to force certain issues where the quiet ones simply eat the shit that is fed to them. The squeaky wheel gets the oil (or the replacement) – it’s a gamble but the potential return is higher and opens a few doors of opportunity.

More importantly, evolving to a trouble maker means the individual realised the possibility that there is more than one way to do things. You have the power to change and influence yourself and others around you. The decision which follows is how to identify what other choices are available and how to determine which one to take – further evolution.

3 Comments

Theressa
May 30, 2005 at 8:19 pm

Woo so i’ve risen to the rank of troublemaker and not been replaced yet 😀 Its strange back when i worked flipping burgers at hj’s i’d said before i left there that i wanted to do security at panthers ha guess what i do now 😀 security at panthers i just set myself acheiveable goals n eventually get there 😀


 
Madbot
May 31, 2005 at 10:24 am

Well done..!

What is your next goal?


 
Anonymous
May 9, 2012 at 8:03 am

Well Said!


 

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