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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 910 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 15 trips to carry that many people.

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Imagine you are assembled with your co-workers and the boss proudly announces, “everyone gets the same raise this year.” On one hand you are probably relieved that you have a job and an income; but on the other hand, this should give you pause – especially as you reflect on what this means.

This reminds me of my son when he played little league sports. During his childhood playing days, his coaches would invariably give all the kids a trophy no matter the player’s skill level or contribution to the team. This did change, however, when my son entered high school as not everyone received recognition or a trophy. And this is the way it should be! Yet, I guess my son’s little league coaches had no idea about some of the unintended consequences of giving everyone a trophy. Likewise any manager who gives every person on his or her team the same raise is oblivious of the unintended consequences too. Here a few consequences when “everyone gets a trophy”:

1) grown ups, like kids, develop a false assessment of their skill level and this can be potentially embarrassing down the road if these same adults meet someone who has received such recognition meritoriously. If grown up [A] who did not deserve the recognition (because he does not have the skill set) meets grown up [B] who actually deserved the recognition because he does have the skills to match it, then can you imagine the embarrassment grown up [B] will likely endure if they compete for the same job?;

2) this practice lowers the morale of the superior performers on the team. The superior employees are left thinking and asking, “if everyone gets the same remuneration, then why am I busting my back side?” The better employees might even begin to resent the low performers on the team. And

3) the adult worker, like kids, develop a sense of entitlement. Those low performing adult workers will be begin to expect (and maybe demand) perks in exchange for low quality work. Sadly, most of the world does not operate this way.

A coach’s or manager’s decision to bestow on every player or teammate the same recognition probably is due to the desire to avoid hurt feelings. Maybe this practice also has to do with our culture’s emphasis on relativism where everyone is right or everyone does a good job? Needless to say, this practice is not helpful to the person who receives this unmerited recognition or his co-workers or teammates.