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Lit Widgets The 12 New Rules for Managing Your Employees As If They're Real People By: Rodd Wagner Published by: McGraw- Hill Year of publication: 2015 ISBN-10: 0071847782 ISBN-13: 978-0071847780 Details: Hardcover 256 pages USD32; also available as an eBook Available at: Amazon www.widgetsthebook.com Excerpt Your people are not your greatest asset. They’re not yours, and they’re not assets. Assets are property. You don’t own your people. Many of them don’t trust you. Some don’t like you. Too many won’t stick it out with you. And the ones you need most have the credentials to walk out fastest if you treat them poorly. Your employees are not “fulltime equivalents.” No college graduate, upon landing her first big job, calls her parents to 36 May 2015 Humans are not resources. No manager talks about having coffee with one of her “humans.” No father holds his young son and hopes he will one day grow up to be a great “resource.” announce, “I’m now an FTE!” No hardworking employee considers himself part of the company’s “headcount.” “Headcount” is for cattle. Your employees are not “talent.” They are not “human capital,” to be saved, spent, or loaned like money. They are not “overhead.” They are not the numbers each is assigned when hired. They are not, as one staffing firm refers to them, “inventory,” or as one home improvement chain called them, “aprons.” They are not, as tech people sometimes call them, “meatware.” Above all, employees are not “human resources.” Money is a resource. Land is a resource. So are water, oil, trees, buildings, computers, gold, coal, cattle, and coffee beans. Resources are rarely unique. One load of twoby-fours is much like another. Resources are the raw materials from which a business creates a product.