Employees are human, but at the end of the day they're just a resource.
Don't get me wrong, I love working in HR and since I don't want to start my own company, I'm happy being an employee. Of course, I don't mind the monthly paycheck either. But sometimes a cold shower of tough reality can't hurt.
Maybe the company you're working for tells you that employees are its most important resource.That's wrong! Some companies can exist without staff, but no company can survive without money.
Believe me, if your employer could make money without you, you wouldn't be on his payroll. In fact, if I started my own business, I would do everything to avoid having employees.
Like I said, I'm happy to be an employee. I'm also grateful for working with some very capable and dedicated people who have all my respect.
But if you're in charge of a business, especially if its your own company and your livelyhood is on the line, you will approach staffing decisions very carefully.
Now the good news is that if you have a job, you're necessary. But it doesn't mean that your employer is happy about it.
And remember: Necessary is not the same as irreplaceable.