“Crocodiles are easy. They try to kill and eat you. People are harder. Sometimes they pretend to be your friend first.”
― Steve Irwin
The modern work environment can be comfortable, energizing and productive. It can also be frustrating, oppressive and debilitating. In a tough economic environment we are often asked to do more with less. We are expected to take on additional work (and feel grateful for it) when others are laid off. Income has stagnated and we see fewer opportunities for promotion. Yet we are still ambitious, so the workplace becomes a competitive environment with some taking credit for the work of others and everyone trying to avoid the taint of a failed project or assignment.
Give these harsh realities, this site is dedicated to helping employees deal productively with common frustrations including:
- bad bosses
- backstabbing co-workers
- failed projects
- missed promotions
- sudden job losses
But even MORE IMPORTANTLY this site is focused on helping your increase your career trajectory in the face of these difficult situations. Like it or not the old rules of career advancement no longer apply. Well, they still apply, if you are comfortable with a slow, steady, flacid career progression that ultimately leads to a modest comfortable life. There was a time when just working hard, doing a good job and staying loyal to your employer could ensure a healthy career progression, but these rules no longer apply. This site will help you understand the new rules AND figure out what you need to do to drive your career progress as rapidly as possible.
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Escaping the Gilded Cage of White Collar Work
Most employers want employees to be happy and productive. They want them to stay with the company (until they don’t) and be motivated by recognition and rewards (until they ask for too much) and create more value for shareholders/owners. Nothing wrong with any of this. But why does a recent Harris Interactive study indicates a full 74 percent of people would today consider finding a new job? Even in a tough economy where the best jobs are scarce, the most recent Mercer‘s What’s Working study says 32 percent are actively looking. The reasons for their dissatisfaction? A recent study by Accenture reports:
- They don’t like their boss (31%),
- A lack of empowerment (31%),
- Internal politics (35%) and
- Lack of recognition (43%).
Another recent survey titled America’s Workforce: A Revealing Account of What U.S. Employees Really Think About Today’s Workplace provides even more information about what U.S. employees really think about working these days.
Here are some of the highlights:
- Employee’s feel discouraged: More than half (54 percent) of employees have felt frustrated about work.
- Manager/employee relationships need work: Only 38 percent of workers strongly agree that their manager has established an effective working relationship with them.
- People don’t understand strategic direction: Some 40 percent say they don’t get the company’s vision, or worse yet, have never seen it.
- Innovation is being stymied: Nearly 67 percent of American workers can name at least one thing that would prevent them from taking any kind of risk at work.
- Big picture contributions missing: Only 43 percent of workers say they feel accountable for the company’s revenue, profit, or growth.
- Not leading by example: Just 26 percent of workers strongly agree that managers embody the values they expect from their employees, only 39 percent say their manager understands his/her role at the company, and 40 percent strongly feel their managers understand their company’s strategy or goals.
- Collaboration across teams is tough: Just 27 percent strongly feel they can depend on outsiders to fulfill their duties when working with other groups.
- Training isn’t relevant: Some 26 percent report they don’t have any training available to them right now, and the 62 percent that do have training available believe it is either somewhat or not at all applicable to their jobs.