Pada saat karyawan tersebut resign, ya
tentu rasanya berat. Tapi secara long term, biasanya tidak jadi masalah karena
selalu digantikan orang baru yang either just as good, or much better than that
Memutuskan hubungan kerja is one of the
hardest things to do. Why? Because, if anything, the fault is mine for hiring
Karena itu, saya selalu introspeksi. Did I
hire the right person? Did the person fit what I need, and fit the culture? Did
I create an environment that was right for me AND the employee? And I learn
from it, and try to apply it to my next hire.
Maybe there are better opportunities that I
simply couldn’t provide. So of course I wish the person well, and be thankful for
the services provided.
Not much different from relationships in
general, eh. 🙂
Sebagai pengusaha, anehnya yang paling
sulit bagi saya adalah mencari pegawai. Dan bukan dari segi hard skills,
pengalaman, atau pendidikan… tapi murni di urusan sikap, keinginan untuk
belajar, dan menghadapi tantangan.
And you know what.. if I talk to my other
friends who run businesses, they say exactly the same thing. I’m not sure where
the disconnect is, but you have to realize that we read hundreds of CVs a year,
and interview several dozens. How do you set yourself apart from the others
with similar CVs? Prove that you are eager to improve yourself as person,
whatever the job is. Prove that if met with challenges or difficulties or
conflicts with co-workers, ngga akan “mau sekolah lagi/bantuin usaha
ortu.” Prove that you have what it takes to “stick with it” and
learn as much as you can along the way, tanpa banyak excuses or “ini kan
ngga sesuai pendidikan saya.”
Tau sih, reply beginian sudah pasti akan
banyak sanggahan sana-sini. But I am merely stating a fact, and how it is from
an employer’s perspective. So yeah, everytime I complain about “susah cari
pegawai”, please don’t say “lho kan begitu banyak yang cari
pekerjaan”, because in the real world there is no correlation between the
I suppose this is the part where I go Pecha
Kucha and wax poetic about “pursuit of passion” and all that jazz,
right? Sorry to disappoint you, but I won’t. Do I like what I do? Yes, of
course. Do I *always* like it, and all the necessary evils that come with the
job? Not at all.
So how do I keep motivated? Well, I don’t
exactly have a choice in the matter. I have KPR payments to make, business
loans to pay, and a family to feed, clothe, house, and keep entertained. And
more importantly, I have employees who -in one way or the other- rely on me.
Am I assuming that I’m the only person they
can rely on for a monthly income? No. But if are asking me what motivates me to
keep going when everything goes to hell (as it often does, mind you), then
honestly speaking.. it’s them.
But yes, you are right that I don’t share
my work or stories on social media. I never kultwit kisah hidup penuh hikmah (I
ain’t some bijak-selebtwit), I never brag/complain about how hard I work (I
ain’t some #Jakartan ahensi guy), I never PAP or tweet links to my work (I
ain’t, well.. everyone else on socmed, I guess), and I never mention what I
accomplish (I’m more prone to mentioning my failures, actually.) All of that,
that I just mentioned? That’s for other people to do.
First question: Iya sih, karena me and my
siblings memang tidak tertarik meneruskan bisnisnya, akhirnya tutup saja. My
dad said he built his business for himself, not for his children. Kalau kita
mau meneruskan, boleh.. but it shouldn’t be because we just don’t know what
else to do with our lives.
Second question: Yes, I helped out with his
businesses. When I was much younger, he owned some restaurants so I would help
cleaning up or waiting the tables when needed. Did I enjoy it? Not really..
tapi ya ngga beban2 amat juga lah. Biasa aja.
Okay, now that I have answered your
questions, here’s what I have to say: So your dad ngga maksa kamu meneruskan
atau bantu2 di bisnisnya. Your dad also said you are free to find a job that
makes you happy. Do you have ANY idea how lucky you are?
You know how it is for the average kid whose parents own a business? Not only do they have to help out at some ruko or gudang (bukan kantor!) for hours each day, they have no options for their future. They will continue the family business, whether they like it or not. “Passion? Makan tuh passion!” Yup, not very many entrepreneur parents are of the Pecha Kucha crowd. Passion is a privilege of a very few.
Another thing: if you have no direction on what you want to do with your life, then I understand if your father would insist on giving you one. Seriously, helping out with their business ain’t bad. Not only will you make your parents happy, but you will also learn very useful things along the way… regardless what you decide to do with your life later
I appreciate your question and the way you
asked it, but sorry… I must decline.
Yes, I refrain from sharing my achievements,
but I also try not to go into kultwits about my setbacks, sob-stories, or
kisah-hidup either. I just find that sok-ngajarin dengan dalih “sekedar
berbagi” thing to be very self-serving and masturbatory. I would never
assume that I have a kisah-bijak that would be of any hikmah for anyone else.
My advice? Write a business plan. Just google
it, there are countless sites that will guide you on how to write one. Does it
mean you’ll stick to your plan once (no, IF) you mulai jualan? Not at all. But
it’s a way to think things through coherently.
Honestly speaking, I’d be a rich man if I
got seribu perak for every person who asked me for advice on starting a
business. And after hours of capek ngomong, in the end akhirnya ngga jadi apa2
(yes, those of you who say “jadi gini, dri… gue tuh mau bikin fesyen
label”.. I’m looking at you). So now I always say “send me your
business plan, let me read it, and then we’ll talk.”
Oh, and stop using the word
Hmm. Terus terang, saya agak susah sih
menjawab ini… tapi cenderung setuju. My dad once said that once you decide to
do something, you should “burn the bridge” so that you have no option
but to go forward. In a way, I understand what he meant… karena these days,
kayaknya basi banget ya tiap kali denger ada yang mulai usaha (okay, okay..
“START UP”), and begitu kena kesulitan atau halangan sedikit aja
kemudian langsung berdalih “mau sekolah lagi” or “sibuk ngurus
Let me guess.. makanan itu
“sehat” by your own definition, kan? Does your market know it’s
healthy? And even if they do, does it mean they will spend money on it on a
sustainable basis? Sorry, in the end the market yang menentukan sih. Maybe if
you just sell food that people *want* (sehat or not irrelevant), maybe you
wouldn’t lose as much sleep. 🙂
Dan tanpa meremehkan masalah2 yang kamu
hadapi (dilarang jualan di kelas, untung tipis), you have to be aware that
business is NEVER smooth dan lancar. You have to accept the fact that problems
WILL arise on a daily basis. Itu mah comes with the territory of doing
Here’s an example: do you know how guided missiles
hit their targets? It’s by constant readjustment during flight. When it
launches, it only has a *general* idea where it is going. It evaluates its
course every few miles, readjusts flight plan, and maneouvers around whatever
obstacles (radars, mountains) it encounters until it hits its target. That’s
what running a business is like. Sure, you set out with a plan.. but once it’s
running, it’s all daily adjustments and dodging countermeasures.
So if you lose sleep over every single bump you encounter, then maybe this isn’t right for you. But if you can make that mental adjustment, then keep going. I wish you the best of luck.
I’m going to guess that the people you
would like to change are not your subordinates, or perhaps don’t even report to
you. Well, the best thing you can do is propose the changes to someone higher
up in the organization and hope for the best that they’ll see your perspective
and carry it through.
Just bear in mind that -despite your best
intentions- you probably don’t have a full view of the big picture. An
organization is like an elephant, and most of the times the employees are blind
people holding on to one part of the elephant. For one guy an entire elephant
is a tusk, while the other guy swears it’s just one flappy big ear. It takes a
someone with experience and perspective (and has seen the entire elephant) to
know what changes are worth trying. If your proposal is refused, just keep that
First question: yup
Second question: yup
“Khawatir tidak tercapai?”
Memang. Kemungkinan besar ya memang *tidak* akan tercapai. If only running a
business was so easy that semua target tercapai, ya semua orang akan bisnis
dong. But it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it. If you assume there are any
guarantees in running your own business.. then you shouldn’t do it. The fact
is, you will miss your target countless times before you even get near it. You
just have to keep trying. That’s a given.
(“Tapi kamu kan privileged…”)