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I was chit-chatting with TickmanFan (no, really?!!!) on another thread and I thought I'd ask the rest of you, too:

If you were to quit your job, right now, would the company that employs you have an easy time finding a replacement for you?

I'm self-employed, and I've been doing the same thing for 18 years. I have one employee. If I quit, then there is no business.
My employee would not be able to do the same things that I do, since I do all of my own accounting/ book-keeping, and he's just not into that.
So no, I'm not easily replaceable.

And, thus, a follow-up question:

If you were replaced, would it take more than one person to do what you do on your own?

In my case, yes. Two, minimum.
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Not surprisingly, I've discovered that this topic has been mused upon on the internet. http://www.kirtok.com/are-you-easily-replaceable/
There's some good concepts in the article, later on, though.
They suggest giving a number to an item or to yourself, with 1 being easily replaceable and 10 being impossible to replace.
So a phone = 1, a car = 3 (or more, I would say), a really nice piece of art = 7, your brother = 10.
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MABBY wrote:
If you were to quit your job, right now, would the company that employs you have an easy time finding a replacement for you?

Pretty much, but they would be downgrading on service by losing years of company specific experience. From what I've seen they don't care much about that.

MABBY wrote:
If you were replaced, would it take more than one person to do what you do on your own?

Nope.
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I may just sit here and sob in a corner if no one minds.


Mind if I join you? *Sits down* Care for a cookie?
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El_Phen wrote:
Now, this corner is for losers that the world wouldn't notice. In your reply you state that the company would lose '...years of company specific experience.' i.e. actual skills not transferable to another. Me? Not so much.


Yeah, they won't have my experience but they will still be able to take care of basic needs. My coworker would help bring them up to speed on the other stuff.

Pass the milk.
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Sorry to bring you down guys! Go easy on those cookies.

What they couldn't replace is your personality. I've had plenty of jobs where I'm not the most dedicated crewmember, but people have enjoyed working with me. because I try to bring some amount of joy, however small, to what I do.
So while you may be easily replaceable, you would be missed.
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Define "Easily".

Would my employer have to pay overtime for my position if I left today? Yes, if manpower falls short.

Would my employer have to take applications, do interviews, then backround investigations, then more interviews then, psych evals and physicals to replace me? Yes

Would this hiring process take time and money? Yes

Would they have way more applications for my position then they need? Absolutely!

So ... can they easily replace me? Not easily. Can they find one person to replace me? Yes

I'd be depressed if I wasn't home right now watching my kids watch Blues Clues ... to them I am Irreplaceable! Nothing else really matters to me.
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I would not be easily replaceable and it would take two or three people to replace me. That's even after they've tried to learn everything I know about the company's products.

I'm a "specialist", if you will, that greatly helps keep the boat afloat around here.
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Define "Easily".
In the grand scheme of things, assume that finding a replacement is the hard part, and the hiring & money issues that you mention are mere annoyances. Not true in a business sense, but let's go with that here.

I think that I would not be able to find an easy replacement for my employee, based on how hard it was to find a suitable person for the job in the first place. I'm looking for specific skills that anyone with a warm body could not just walk in off the street and do.

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I'd be depressed if I wasn't home right now watching my kids watch Blues Clues ... to them I am Irreplaceable! Nothing else really matters to me.
You've hit the nail on the head. Your job doesn't define who you are, at least not completely.

Interesting that the first three responses are from people who think that they are just a wheel in a cog, so to speak.
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MABBY wrote:
ElCid91 wrote:
Define "Easily".
In the grand scheme of things, assume that finding a replacement is the hard part, and the hiring & money issues that you mention are mere annoyances. Not true in a business sense, but let's go with that here.


With this defination ... Then yes, I can be easily replaced.

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What they couldn't replace is your personality. So while you may be easily replaceable, you would be missed.


I tend to ask too many questions, I wouldn't be missed.
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ElCid91 wrote:
I tend to ask too many questions, I wouldn't be missed.
"pays close attention to details and carries out tasks precisely"
Put that on your resume.
There's nothing I hate more that someone who doesn't ask enough questions and then complains about the results of the task.
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MABBY wrote:
ElCid91 wrote:
I tend to ask too many questions, I wouldn't be missed.
"pays close attention to details and carries out tasks precisely"
Put that on your resume.
There's nothing I hate more that someone who doesn't ask enough questions and then complains about the results of the task.


I was told, and I quote, "Don't ask why, just go do it."

The funny thing is, I ask so that I don't follow the directions so precisely that I do what I'm told but the mission fails anyway.

A simplistic example (not a real one but I hope you get the idea):

Tell me to stop all traffic from making a turn at an intersection. I can do that easily enough. If you don't tell me that we want the road closed a 1/4 mile up from there and thats why you put me at this interesection then I won't know to repostion to prevent cars from cutting through the side street to get onto the closed road when I see it happening.

Does that make sense? I always have trouble explaining why "Why" matters.
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If you were to quit your job, right now, would the company that employs you have an easy time finding a replacement for you?

Yeah, I think, it would not be more than an average amount of trouble for them. There would be the usual minuses (knows the job vs. needs to be trained). I'm sure I bring some specifically desirable skills and, more importantly, aptitudes to the job. But, I'm sure others exist that can bring such things as well.

So, perhaps not easy - hiring is always more difficult than one thinks. But, not terribly difficult.


If you were replaced, would it take more than one person to do what you do on your own?

Nope.

MABBY wrote:
In my case, yes. Two, minimum.


Heh, this, I don't believe, but I'm cynical that way. What I might be willing to believe is that you might need two paid, non-owner/self-employed folks to replace you. However, the impression that I have is most motivated self-employed folk put in crazy hours. Thus, I think it would only take one like-minded self-employed person to replace you. I could be wrong - there are some folks who are unusually dedicated or irreplaceable due to the singularity of their knowledge or insight. But, I think that number is far less than those that think they are in that group
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I was replaced 4 years ago when I retired. No problem with replacing me, I was a sales manager.
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If you were to quit your job, right now, would the company that employs you have an easy time finding a replacement for you?

Sure. There'd be dozens of folks vying for my job because of the pay level.

If you were replaced, would it take more than one person to do what you do on your own?

No, but depending on who they'd hire, the person would be pretty lost as to specific things that I do without any training or help.

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We have 4 out of 7 positions vacant in my department. Fundraising for higher education.

If I left now they'd be hurting pretty bad but since they're already hiring 4 new people they'd probably just tack one more onto the final round of job offers.

The one person they get to replace me would not be able to meet my work value for at least 2 years and would probably not hit my total dollars raised within 5-7 years; a mix between learned skills and building relationships.
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How do you know I haven't already been replaced?

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Chanfan wrote:
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In my case, yes. Two, minimum.


Heh, this, I don't believe, but I'm cynical that way. What I might be willing to believe is that you might need two paid, non-owner/self-employed folks to replace you. However, the impression that I have is most motivated self-employed folk put in crazy hours. Thus, I think it would only take one like-minded self-employed person to replace you. I could be wrong - there are some folks who are unusually dedicated or irreplaceable due to the singularity of their knowledge or insight. But, I think that number is far less than those that think they are in that group
I only say two people because I really do two jobs. Fulltime sales & whatnot, and fulltime bookkeeping.
I don't put in crazy hours and, as I have found from previous hiring, bookkeeper and sales are two separate positions. My best sales guy couldn't keep a ledger straight after 3 years, and anyone with bookkeeping experience tends to like to work alone, in a room, with a calculator and numbers, not meeting customers and speaking to architects & project managers.
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MABBY wrote:
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MABBY wrote:
In my case, yes. Two, minimum.


Heh, this, I don't believe, but I'm cynical that way. What I might be willing to believe is that you might need two paid, non-owner/self-employed folks to replace you. However, the impression that I have is most motivated self-employed folk put in crazy hours. Thus, I think it would only take one like-minded self-employed person to replace you. I could be wrong - there are some folks who are unusually dedicated or irreplaceable due to the singularity of their knowledge or insight. But, I think that number is far less than those that think they are in that group
I only say two people because I really do two jobs. Fulltime sales & whatnot, and fulltime bookkeeping.
I don't put in crazy hours and, as I have found from previous hiring, bookkeeper and sales are two separate positions. My best sales guy couldn't keep a ledger straight after 3 years, and anyone with bookkeeping experience tends to like to work alone, in a room, with a calculator and numbers, not meeting customers and speaking to architects & project managers.


I could do both if someone offered me enough money but then I probably wouldn't have enough time for BGG.

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I'm self-employed and my only employee. If I quit right now, I just don't know what I'd do to get things done.

Not to mention the unkind words I'd probably have for myself. There, that'll teach me!

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I'm self-employed and my only employee. If I quit right now, I just don't know what I'd do to get things done.

Not to mention the unkind words I'd probably have for myself. There, that'll teach me!



What do you do?

I've always threatened to become self-employed but never took myself too seriously. Anything I could think of doing took too much start up cash. Now that I've got a family I think it will take getting fired before I give it a try.
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I wouldn't even need replacing. I'm the most irrelevant person I know.
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MABBY wrote:
I only say two people because I really do two jobs. Fulltime sales & whatnot, and fulltime bookkeeping.
I don't put in crazy hours…


Well, I suspect we have a strong disagreement between your definition and my definition of at least one of the follwing terms:
• full-time
• crazy hours

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But yes, I do see your point. It is much harder to find folks with two non-related, disparate skill sets.
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Chanfan wrote:
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I only say two people because I really do two jobs. Fulltime sales & whatnot, and fulltime bookkeeping.
I don't put in crazy hours…


Well, I suspect we have a strong disagreement between your definition and my definition of at least one of the follwing terms:
• full-time
• crazy hours

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But yes, I do see your point. It is much harder to find folks with two non-related, disparate skill sets.
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Most entrepreneurs are very motivated and do work crazy hours.

I work 8 - 4, Monday to Friday. No weekends, no nights. Not crazy at all.
I can also switch off my work brain when I leave the office, something that many, many people can't do. Nothing's so bad that it can't wait until the next day when I can actually do something about it. Why worry?
We take all holidays off and, in fact, I closed down on the week Dec. 23rd through Jan. 2 and did pretty much nothing while at home. For me, time off is better than overtime.
I'll admit that getting a vacation over a week long during the year is a challenge (only done that twice in ten years), but I'm hoping to do three weeks in Italy in October 2012.
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