Problems with the “People as a Resource” Mindset
You can use the word “resource” to refer to employees and not have a “people as a resource” mindset in your organization, but this does take some special attention. When people know they’re sometimes referred to as a “resource” it can really take the wind out their sails. The term can be demotivating, and organizations really suffer when workers are demotivated. Even worse, workers can begin to think of themselves not as valuable assets to their company, but just as commodities. Maybe this doesn’t sound like a big problem, but the difference between being a person and a resource in the mind of an employee can be huge. For example, here are few things that people do:
- People look to spot issues early and resolve them quickly before they escalate and jeopardize projects
- People propose innovative ideas that could open your business to new opportunities
- People advocate for their assigned projects or the organization’s goals and priorities
Successful organizations rely on dedicated, motivated and passionate people. When employees are passionate and empowered, they can help your organization grow, overcome obstacles and adapt to changing demands. But without these motivated people, organizations are on their own. Whether your organization uses the word “resource” or not, here’s how you can empower employees and create a “people as an asset” mindset.