How Employers and Employees Should Act

It was not that long ago that a young person could find a job and expect to keep that job until he retired. Experience was rewarded. Seniority was respected. Pensions were offered. And at the end of a long career, employers expressed their gratitude.

Those days are gone and it is now exceedingly rare to find someone who has spent a lifetime in one job, with one employer. It is customary for people to have many employers and that is not an entirely bad thing. From each employer we have an opportunity to learn new things, to meet new people and to grow in different ways. Employees will move on when better opportunities present themselves. Employers will eliminate positions to save money eve


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3 Responses to How Employers and Employees Should Act

  1. Larabelle says:

    My two cents:
    Learn as many peoples jobs in the company as you can. Do not only specialize in your job but learn how to do what your coworkers do. Expand your skill set.

  2. rob62521 says:

    I would agree with the article…never burn your bridges…you never know when you might bump into some of these people again.

    In this economy, you always want to do more than is expected so you become that much harder to replace.

  3. Ann says:

    During a long career, I found all of this true!

    When I was controller for an advertising firm, I used to say that that was the most incestuous business anywhere, but it’s amazing how people pop up in the most unexpected places.

    I hated being bored in a job, so I attempted to treat my employees the way I’d want to be treated — explaining the why’s, having them learn new things, encouraging them to go for additional education, if it would help, etc. I was extremely pleasantly surprised at some of the feedback when I left… including one person I fired telling someone who worked for me that I was the best boss she’d ever had and a professional telling me that they learned more from me than any other boss they’d ever had. Can’t tell you how good that made me feel.

    I always went into a job hoping that I would be with that company/organization for life… and only burned bridges once when I quit with no notice working for a guy who was a crook. Somehow I didn’t think that I’d ever want to work with or for someone like him again! LOL

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