Not all employees should be freed

So I was browsing twitter and stumbled upon this quote that was so well written it prompted me to read a resume of the book it was taken from. I’m lazy, and I know that most books beat the same dead horse in their category, so I read summaries instead and only buy if the angle is different.

Anyway, I read the summary, and somewhere near the end was a part saying that “companies should ditch job descriptions and set their employees free” – the motivation being that job descriptions are too restrictive and harm our creativity.

Sounds inspiring. Of course, it does. We want to feel free. But do we all want that? Is everyone enjoying playing by no rules? I disagree.

Some people like being controlled. They don’t like to plan, seek new ways of doing things, or do more than it’s required. They love to be told what to do. They don’t care why, for who, or what is the next step.

These types of employees wouldn’t perform without clear expectations, rules, and procedures. And that is ok. Most businesses would fail if they would only rely on creative people that do whatever they want, when they want it.

So no, not all employees should be free—some of them like being told exactly what to do.