Jim Ward: Dispensable advice

March 11, 2014 

In his March 9 business column “Your best career bet is to be indispensable, not special,” Bruce Clarke gave bad advice when he suggested that each employee should strive to be indispensable.

From management’s viewpoint, employees are sometimes inconsiderate enough to quit, get sick or even die. If an employee wants to be a team player or if he values family and vacation time, he should ensure that he is not indispensable.

In his 1971 book, “The Psychology of Computer Programming,” Gerald Weinberg advised managers: “If you have an indispensable employee, get rid of him as quickly as possible!”

Jim Ward

Wake Forest

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