As a little girl, I saw my parents work hard daily and so hard to earn a living, gain advancement and promotion on the job and work till retirement. The job then was secured, predictable, they both retired and I am a proud product of their livelihood; they gave my siblings and I the best they could afford.
In those days, it was desirable to stay on a job as jobs were secured; promotion was predictable, staying to term was desirable, term meaning retirement so as to earn the full entitlement. Years have passed and I wonder if some of these reasons still exist at all.
Livelihood as a reason to stay on the job? Absolutely right! Needs, bills and all have to be settled. It’s a given!. Advancement? Yeah, the need to move ahead, increase in abilities, capacity, responsibilities and earnings; does this come in the same order? I doubt! In recent days, most folks do a lot more but earnings might not match up and if it comes at all, does it come as regular as desirable.
Retirement? Does this still happen? Will retirement on the job happen for this generation? Will it be a relevant word or stage of work cycle for the millennial? I doubt.
Truth is, most employees would have to find their exit route one way or the other before been laid off becomes the only option. A friend of mine shared how he prays and looks forward to escaping every MPR (Monthly Progress Report) not without fear and trepidation.
The demands and forces on organizations impacting on existence, survival and growth of such organization will not end. Hard truth is that many businesses will whittle away and many others will spring up.
The employee mode or status in the future workplace is hidden in contracts and outsourcing ditching tenure and modifying entitlements.
The tough question I woke up with today is on choosing the tough pill. If you ever have to choose a bitter pill, which one will it be?
The tough question is what’s your exit route, expiry date and plan on your current job? Do you have any? If not, pause and ponder.
I’m I saying everyone should quit their jobs? No! I’m simply saying jobs are tough and can be unpredictably insecure!
I’m saying have a plan – 5 years, 7 years, 10 years, 15 years, whatever the tenure of the plan, just have a plan.
Choose the decision, don’t let the decision choose you.
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