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