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‘Putting All your Eggs In One Basket’ Within The Workplace

As Easter approaches, it is a timely reminder for the age old and wise saying of ‘Don’t put all your eggs in one basket’. While this saying is often associated with financial investments, these words of wisdom can be applied for matters within the workplace.
Written by
Joanna Clare
Content Manager
Published on
March 30, 2024

As Easter approaches, it is a timely reminder for the age old and wise saying of ‘Don’t put all your eggs in one basket’. While this saying is often associated with financial investments, these words of wisdom can be applied for matters within the workplace.

In the world of work, individuals can find themselves having to navigate a delicate balance between a chosen specialisation or to broaden and diversify their skills elsewhere. It can be tempting to channel all efforts into mastering a certain skill or to excel in a certain department, which is similar to placing all your eggs in one basket. Unfortunately, this approach comes with certain risks.

If an individual dedicates themselves in becoming an expert in a particular field within their company then although their expertise may be initially invaluable, if the market trends shift or the companies priorities change then the basket of eggs may all of a sudden appear precarious to hold on to unless there has been some forward thinking on how to diversify skills and talents.

From an organisational perspective, relying too heavily on a single revenue stream, a return client or a certain supplier can leave a company vulnerable to unseen challenges. Any business which is overly dependent on a sole source of income is at risk of collapse if that source falters or decides to withdraw.

Therefore, it is essential for individuals and organisations alike, to embrace diversification and for those employees to cultivate a broad skill set that encompasses both competency and complementary abilities and skills. This not only enhances adaptability but will act as a safeguarding mechanism against anything that becomes outdated or no longer of use, which can happen without much warning in a rapidly evolving job market. Businesses must retain their diversified approach so that they can better cope with any economic downturns and disruptions within the industry. Achieving the correct balance of diversification requires deliberate effort and careful strategic planning.

Diversification of skills does not imply any dilution of expertise but instead it creates resilience which enables individuals and organisations to thrive under uncertainty. Just as a variety of Easter eggs adds colour and excitement, a diversity in skills, resources and strategies enriches the workplace dynamics.

Additionally, collaborating exclusively with a select group of colleagues is similar to placing all your eggs in one basket. While it may feel comfortable to work amongst familiar faces, relying solely on a limited network can stifle creativity, limit perspectives and hinder professional growth.

Just as diversity in skills and experiences can enrich problem solving and innovation, engaging with a broader range of colleagues will create a more dynamic and inclusive working environment. By choosing to collaborate with different teams and individuals, employees can tap in to fresh ideas, forge stronger networks and mitigate the risks associated with over reliance for a single group.

Embracing collaboration across several diverse channels will ensure that eggs are evenly distributed which will minimise the potential for setbacks but maximise opportunities for ongoing success in the workplace.

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