Think about the birth of an organization: typically, it starts with a founder that combines three essential ingredients: Vision, Courage, and Energy. The founder(s) had a vision of how to make the world a better place, the courage to pursue that vision, and the energy to make that vision a reality (notice that money wasn't one of the essential ingredients?).
With any kind of luck, the business grows and the founder hires people. The first few hires are often people the founder knows and possibly share that vision thing. These new employees don't need the same level of courage the founder had, but at this stage courage and energy are typical as the business is in its infancy and there is still a world to change - vision to be materialized.
As the business grows, we've got to put some structure in place... and we know how business is supposed to look: an IT department, marketing department, finance... and... HUMAN RESOURCES. By this time we've hired people that don't share the owners visions. This is where it gets scary.
The next evolutionary step in most businesses is when the founder is no longer the one doing the hiring. Not only do we allow people in the door who don't share that vision thing, we allow non-visionaries to hold open the door for people simply because they have some qualifications (a degree or relevant experience).
So now we've gone from 3, 5 or 10 original people who came on board because of a belief that they're changing the world, to a 11 or more people who don't share that original vision. It ain't work to these original folks, they are there because they believe in the work they're doing and there is no need for an employee manual, or timecards. I'm sure you've been one of the 3, 5 or 10 in an organization - what a great time it is, huh?
But for employee 11 and up, it's different. It's a job, and we told them so when we invited them in for an interview:
Wanted: Specialist - someone to put round things in round holes. Salary commensurate with experience. Benefits; health, dental & life. 2 weeks paid vacation... etc.
As a breif aside, it's interesting to note the definition of vacation: "leisure time away from work devoted to rest or pleasure." But for someone changing the world, it ain't work, is it? As an energetic, courageous visionary, it ain't work... so why do you need a vacation?
Anyway, now we have rules & guidelines, processes & procedures, and people who don't share the vision. We've taken people in off the street and invited them into the house even though we don't have anything in common with them.
We probably wouldn't do this at home... so why do we do it at work?
Why aren't we Vision Testing? Why do we continue to seek out specialists who couldn't care less about the "why" of the business? Wouldn't you like to know, when someone comes in for a job, that they're interested in the job because of the "why" the company is doing "what" it's doing?