This blog points out a critical thing to think about as we look at raising our Rising Stars. I was having lunch with a group of people that are friends and also partners in some work we do together. One gentleman mentioned as we talked about Faith initiatives, as we often did, that he noticed the relatively low number of youth and teenagers there. It highlights one simple idea that is not just “Faith Based” but hints at issues with preparing and developing our Youth for their future.
One of the terms becoming more common in today’s professional world is a term called “Ghost Employee”.
This term can apply in a number of areas.
- One aspect is where sometimes a company hires an individual but then that individual in essence does not exist. Their records in the company are there but when they do not show up, the company cannot find them.
- It also refers to employees of some generations that if they do not want to go to work today…..or do not want to work at that company anymore…..they just stop going. No 2 week notice or any awareness. Their work station is just empty and when the company attempts to contact them, they can;t find them,
So what is it that generates “Ghost Employees”? In many ways it is how they were not developed. Sometimes adults assume they will just get there so do not spend the time and they disengage. Sometimes this can be because they are over-focused on their own fun and what pleases them the parents and don’t spend the time or effort to develop the youth. Sometimes the next generation can be this because it has been modeled for them by the parents.
I was talking to a lady this morning and she lives with her daughter, who is divorced and has 2 children of 11 & 3 years old. The husband wanted to get a divorce except that he was going to be required $1000 per month for child support because he had a great job and made good money. The father got the divorce but instead he quit his job and actually became pretty much homeless rather than pay the money.
The timing is a challenge because at 11 years old, the son is (naturally so) is exploring the boundaries and possibly because of the stress, the mother pretty much lets him get away with a lot. When they are going somewhere and the son throws a tantrum, the mother tends to give in. What is the son learning from either parent? Could the father be developing the “Ghost Employee” mindset in his son?
Bottom line, we need to look at what we are truly modeling and developing in our youth. It could have more of a dramatic impact on their future than we think. Like the ripples in the water when we drop a rock in, it could also have a much bigger impact than we could imagine.
– Randy Swaim, Coaching for Relevance, LLC