May 17, 2011
This past week we learned that Ashton Kutcher will be taking Charlie
Sheen's place on Two and a Half Men. For the longest time Sheen had
been telling us that the show wouldn't be able to replace him. His
passionate oratory about his job and bosses made you realize he truly
believed that. However, as we again see, while it may not be easy, anyone
can be replaced at work.
E! Online just did a great story about 5
shows that replaced their stars and remained hits. NYPD Blue (twice),
Cheers, American Idol, and Charlie's Angels were all shows that had a lead
actor leave, but the show found a replacement that allowed the series to
remain a hit. It is a good reminder that anyone can be replaced at work.
Back in December 2010 we wrote about a
similar celebrity work situation regarding James Harrison of the
Pittsburgh Steelers. Harrison was quoted as saying he would consider
retiring from the NFL because of a fine he received for a particular
tackle he made on an opponent.
At that time we wrote, "Be especially careful about falling into the trap of thinking you are irreplaceable. Even James Harrison
can be replaced. That is why the Steelers have second and third string players suited
up on the sidelines. Just about anyone can be replaced with a substitute,
temporary worker, or contractor very quickly, especially considering the state
of our economy."
While Sheen's bosses say
he was fired
for "felony offenses involving moral turpitude, combined with his missed
work, physical change and other alleged transgressions", Sheen says he was
fully justified in publicly criticizing his bosses.
Whatever the issue at work is, the bottom line is that safeguarding your income
should be your primary concern throughout what ever issue you are having at
work. Keep in mind that there are millions of unemployed people perfectly
willing to replace your job! Don't
threaten your standard of living by making an
offhand remark in the heat of the moment. Take some time to assess your
situation and make the move that is best for your income.