I’ve written a lot lately about employees having to do more work, for no extra pay, to make up for all their fired or laid-off co-workers.
The other day, a friend of mine finished a big project at work. He wasn’t happy with the quality, but wasn’t able to do much about it. He was juggling three other big jobs thanks to layoffs at the financial-services firm at which he works. He told me that the work was from his best, but that it was “good enough.”
Unfortunately, “good enough” seems to be the new standard.
Personally, I’ve turned in “good enough” work lately, too. That’s because I’m having to take on smaller, lower-paying assignments to make up for all the regular magazine clients who have shut their doors or slashed their freelance-writing budgets.
It’s more than a little depressing. Most employees want to take pride in their work. But it’s not easy doing this when you’re doing the jobs of two other people. It becomes a matter of shoving product out the door.
Like I said, it’s a shame. But companies have to realize, when you fire everyone, you can’t expect top quality.