Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

The Best Job In The World

“If you won the lottery, would you still work here?”

A question every boss should ask his staff.

For one, it weeds out the people who are most likely to cut corners. But more importantly, it lets you know where you can cut the fat off your organisation.

No, I’m not talking about layoffs, but about inefficient tasks.

Winning the lottery doesn’t automatically lead employees to quit or stay. It first leads to careful deliberation: “What tasks do I enjoy and which do I hate?”

And then the realisation, “I would stay as long as I wouldn’t have to do X, Y, and Z.”

X, Y, and Z are often mind-numbingly boring tasks that nobody enjoys. Tasks you should try to automate or outsource.

So the point of the hypothetical lottery isn’t to gauge staff loyalty. It’s to improve your organisation’s efficiency.

Data entry. Managing emails. Chasing approval. Paying invoices. Moving documents across databases. Filing documents. 

All these mind-melting jobs drive us to the brink of insanity.

We simply don’t enjoy tasks that require little to no brain input. We prefer to solve unique problems that lie just within the reach of our understanding.

In other words, we like to do challenging work.

Work that we’d be happy to do for free after we win the lottery.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach