It isn’t realistic to build sustainable high-performing companies by way of unsustainable work practices. Meeting people’s core needs, rather than simply trying to squeeze more out of them, is what makes it possible for them to work more effectively.
Put simply, a few wealthy men get richer on the backs and jangled brains of extraordinary inner-city athletes who have few career choices and insufficient capacity to assess the long-term costs of their choices.
Those of us who are paid better have an opportunity to help redress this unfairness, even as it is something companies ought to be doing themselves. This is not about charity. It’s about compensating people more fairly for the work they do and the services they provide.
Let’s get real about the risks and build truth into the advertising about these workplaces.
The second reason I’ve shared my story is to point out how much the power of fear – which we generate ourselves — can take control of our lives. Had I not taken on my fear and deliberately confronted my pain, I have no doubt I would be even more disabled today than I was at my worst two months ago.