Do you know what a “Minion” is? And I don’t mean the scary henchmen/women that do evil. I’m talking about the cute animated creatures from Universal Studios that make us laugh so hard at their ridiculous shenanigans.
According to Box Office Mojo, everyone loves Minions. These adorable guys debuted in the 2009 movie “Despicable Me,” which earned over $543 million worldwide. The 2013 sequel earned nearly $1 billion, and the latest movie “Minions,” released in July 2015, has already earned over $645 million worldwide.
These are impressive numbers; however, this is not a box-office report but rather a look at the popularity of these tiny yellow fellows. In the film, the Minions look like Hostess Twinkies with 2 arms, 3 fingers, and 2 legs. They wear overalls, black work boots, and sometimes goggles. Some minions have one eye, while others have two. They speak a form of jibberish known as Minions, which is comprised of several broken languages. Although you can’t understand much of what they say, the Minions are somehow totally understandable.
While watching one of the movies, I began to analyze the Minions. I looked at their movements, actions, reactions, and characteristics. As I did, my management side began to take over. Those of us who are managers and human-resource professionals have many things we can learn from Minions.
Here are several important work lessons from the Minions:
Disclaimer: Please do not refer to your real employees as “Minions,” as this may have a negative connotation. You don’t want to offend someone accidentally and end up in a real courtroom.
Chris Fields is an HR professional and expert resume writer with more than 13 years of experience as a former practitioner and current HR consultant. He is the curator of two websites: CostofWork.com and ResumeCrusade.com , and contributes HR-focused content to many others, including PerformanceICreate.com and SmartRecruiters.com . He has been listed by the Huffington Post as one of the “Top 100 Most Social Human Resources Experts to Follow on Twitter”, one of the “Top 40 under 40” by the HR Blogger Network, one of the “25 Must-Read HR Blogs in 2013”, and also featured on Oprah.com. He is very active with the Society of Human Resource Management, working closely with conference directors, communication chairs, and social media teams from Illinois, Oklahoma, and Tennessee to develop social strategies to engage attendees and enhance their conference experience. Chris earned his master’s degree in Labor and Human Resources from Ohio State University. In 2005, he moved back to his hometown of Memphis, TN, where he has developed a reputation for helping his clients create HR strategies, and individuals master the tough economic challenges of the South.