December 5, 2007
News & Opinion: Giving Notice - book excerpt
One weekend, Eric came into the office to put in more time on an important project. Dressed casually in a sweatshirt, jeans and baseball cap, he was stopped by the security guard. Again. It didn't take long to recall the other occasions when the guards had stopped him on working weekends when he came to the office casually dressed. This time, the guard fired off a barrage of questions about where he was going, what department he worked in, how long he planned to stay, and why he was at the office on a Saturday night. This time, Eric's company photo ID would not suffice, and he was asked to produce a driver's license to "validate" his identity. Then the guard asked him to remove his cap. As he did, Eric couldn't help but notice a white man in a baseball cap and jeans whizzing past the security checkpoint with barely a flash of his ID. At that moment, Eric's enthusiasm for work was gone, his desire to put in the extra time for the team evaporated, and his company loyalty faded. After getting the OK to proceed to the elevator banks, Eric simply turned around and walked out.
I found this not only a valuable piece of insight as to why people quit a job or feel uninvolved in a company, but how we as a society still stereotype regardless of our seemingly 'modern moralities'. Check it out!
About Dylan Schleicher
Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.