Being a go-to guy is actually very important when it comes to keeping your job because they rely on you to get the job done. When I said I didn’t want to be the go-to guy (G2G) during a conversation with a supervisor, It didn’t mean that I have a problem with being the G2G. I have no issue with helping out others and all, but I have no love for people who take my kindness as my weakness.
When you are a G2G, many of your co-workers will try to be friendly with you. Don’t fall for it. In many cases, they are only acting in order to latch onto you and ride on your back. For that reason, one should understand one’s working environment and know when to be a G2G and when not to be one. You don’t want to be doing all the work for others with no other extra compensations in return. You will usually find yourself in that situation when you are working under a piss poor management and surrounded by one too many useless employees.
I’m going to use one of my buddy’s story as an example to explain the importance of being a G2G in workplaces. Dublin is a licensed specialist who used to work for a fairly reputable company within the industry. During the housing market collapse around 2009 – 2010, his company decided to lay off employees. During this downsizing process, the company had a meeting with all employees and asked for volunteers who would take severance package and leave the company.
Most of them didn’t want to volunteer for whatever reasons. However, Dublin was the first one to raise his hand. He decided to take his severance package and leave, because he had a gut feeling it was going to get ugly. In order to save payroll, the company decided to retain few old timers with 20+ years and a handful of experienced employees while hiring all brand new employees. Dublin thought it would be better to leave the company with severance pay than end up leaving the company later with nothing.
His prediction was right. According to employees who stayed, it got way much worse than how it was in the company. As for Dublin, he was unemployed, and he couldn’t find anything in his line of work for about a year or so. During that time, he decided to study and get another type of license or permit that gave him higher priority over most of other regular licensed specialists. When the economy started to recover, he ended up working at a better company with higher wage.
In this new company, Dublin had an arrangement with the management regarding his work schedule during the Summer. But because of quota, the management scheduled him for work when he was not supposed to. This became an issue since he had his personal business that he had to handle with his old friend. Though he was earning more money than his previous company, he decided to leave the company in order to keep his word with his friend.
He was unemployed once again for a short period of time before taking a job for much lower pay at the company where he started in the beginning. To make this story short, he then went on to work at 4 different companies with higher pay each time within 4 years. If you are wondering how he was able to achieve this, there are 4 factors:
- Since he didn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth, uncertainty of life, struggle and hard work was no stranger to him. Earlier in his teenage days, he had an unfortunate event which turned into a blessing in disguise. It eventually led him to choose the right career path. With his street smart and solid work ethic, he started from the bottom and learned the tricks of the trade as much as he could for many years.
- In his personal life, he was known to be reliable when it comes to certain situations or important tasks. As a matter of fact, he was the only person in my lifetime who borrowed and paid my money back on time. When he was unemployed every time, he was able to get side gigs time to time through his old friends to get him going financially. This is why he decided to leave the company over a minor schedule conflict in order to come through for his old friend.
- When he was working for every company after years of learning, there were no jobs he couldn’t get done. Every time when there were serious issues, he was usually the one who would handle and fix problems. Not only that, he was showing the ropes to all young employees on how to get things done quicker and easier. He was known as the G2G in every company he worked for.
- Within the industry, there are many companies in all sizes who are competitors in some levels. Not all managers or employees stay with the same company until their retirements. Every manager who took a job at different company remembered Dublin as a G2G who could help them with problems they were hired to solve. Reference didn’t matter because they all knew who he was and what he was capable of. It was a bidding war in a way. They all didn’t mind paying him more because of his value when it’s all about making the Benjamins. It’s like professional sports; MVPs and All-Stars are always in demand because they are rare.
When you happen to work for a person like Dublin as a manager/supervisor, there are 3 things to remember:
- He/She is not going to ask you to do something that he/she wouldn’t do. But the problem is there is not many things he wouldn’t do whether dirty or clean.
- If you suck at your job and kiss ass, you are probably going to end up with shit digging in the trench type of work.
- You can’t bullshit the bullshitter. Don’t insult their intelligence. It will only piss them off. Sometimes school diplomas or degrees don’t mean shit in front of street knowledge and experience.