Be brave enough to vote… in the workplace as well as in the election.

31 10 2014

“Nobody will ever deprive the American People of the right to vote, except the American People themselves – and the only way they could do this is by not voting.” ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

Why would I talk about elections in a workplace-related daily comic?  Everybody knows that businesses are not democracies.  The workers don’t get together and vote for who they want to be in charge, right?  Well… sort of.  While line staff don’t get together and vote for who is going to be their manager, the leaders above that manager should be watching the team dynamics, and hiring the person that can best lead that group towards some goal.  Boards of Directors look at a series of candidates, and hire the CEO that they think is best suited to take the company where they board wants it to go.  Finally, managers who continually disappoint their team, and therefore create outcomes that are not where the board wants them to be will eventually be removed from office. While you may not have an actual “vote” for who your leader is, you do have some impact on whether or not they get hired, or fired… especially if you’re brave enough to speak your mind when you’re unhappy.  Only the most foolish leader wouldn’t listen to your “vote”.

But mostly, folks, today’s message is to be sure you get out and vote.  I don’t care who you vote for, but if you don’t vote, you don’t get to gripe about the government.  Only a single-digit percentage of Americans serve in the military, Peace Corps, Doctors Without Borders, etc.  But every citizen can serve their country in this way. Many polling stations are open now – so vote early and often.  🙂

Speaking of elections…


Rubes cartoons used with permission.




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