Empirical evidence proves that forcing employees to sacriﬁce personal well-being for the “good of the company” is a pyrrhic victory
For seven years I travelled far and wide assisting organizations and communities in economic development; speciﬁcally with the development of the small business sector. I observed, conducted research, wrote reports and made recommendations. My expertise was valued, I was sought after and, by all accounts, I was highly successful. I should have been happy. But I was not. My clients seldom acted on my recommendations. The reports that I painstakingly created sat on shelves collecting dust. As a take-action, results-oriented person, I could not fathom why people would commission work—work that I took seriously and completed rigorously—provide accolades and then do nothing with it. So I quit.