Friday, September 4, 2009

How Confident Are You That You Can Keep Your Job?

Full employment.

I mentioned in my first blog post that my new manager told me I would have a job for life at that company.

He lied.

He didn’t mean to lie — it was true at the time — the corporation I worked for did indeed have a "full employment" policy, and for many years this was true.

Sure, people were occasionally fired for not doing their jobs, but that was rare. And usually before it happened the employee’s boss went out of their way to help the employee improve, or move to another job within the company. You see, the company I worked for believed that it was the manager’s job to take care of their people … to help them succeed.

Almost sounds like a fairy tale, doesn’t it?

And the bosses were actually measured by how their employees rated them, their jobs, and their general happiness, on an annual opinion survey. Honest, I’m not making this up.

Of course, these surveys largely disappeared by the mid-1990’s, along with the promise of full employment.

One of the most important questions on the early surveys at the corporation I worked for tested whether or not the employees felt secure in their jobs.

It’s Labor Day weekend, and I’ve got a hunch that no one has asked you this in quite some time. So take the survey below and let’s see how secure we all feel in our jobs today!

How confident are you that you can keep your job?


Anonymous said...

True story! When I first worked for IBM 20 years ago. My friends told me i would be working for this company for life. Well, i survived the ups and downs of this Blue company. And finally, i was let go on 04/27/2009, due to downsizing.

Good bye IBM. It was a very good company to me & my family.


Stephen Parrish said...

And the bosses were actually measured by how their employees rated them, their jobs, and their general happiness, on an annual opinion survey.

There's no reason why companies had to stop doing this (I worked for such a company too), even in the current economy. It's just that no one can promise jobs for life anymore.

Firefly said...

Anonymous -- I know how you feel!
Stephen -- I agree. Sadly, the company I recently left has really changed the focus of the managers.

Anonymous said...

My 2nd line manager was awarded for globalizing jobs, AKA sending US jobs to India, Argentina, Brazil, and any other Low Cost Country.

Anonymous said...

Too bad companies don't take care of the people, their neighbours and the people in the community where their products and services are sold.
It time that no longer buy from companies who put our friends and neighbours out of work and sometimes on the street.
How many depressed and suicidal people does a company need to create before they stop thinking of only their shareholders and remember they have people, real people with families working for the company and wanting nothing more than a career they can depend on and hopefully retire from?
I am saddened by the lack of humanity in corporate America.
Time to change 'Human Resources' to 'just a number resouces'

Anonymous said...

I was also part of an IBM downsizing in May, 2009. The individual used to be important at IBM, but now, saving money through outsourcing has become the norm. Time for Congress to eliminate tax breaks and stimuli for companies which send work out of the US.

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