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The Traditional Employment Contract is Ending

2 September, 2016

Is it just me, or are we seeing the end of the traditional employment contract as we know it?

There was a time when we firmly believed:

  • Do good work and you’ll always have a job here
  • You can expect to be promoted every few years
  • You will get an annual salary increase
  • Your boss will help prepare a development plan for you
  • Do what’s in your job description and you cannot be blamed
  • Do everything correctly and you will get a good rating
  • A college degree will ensure you can get a good job

I am not sure any of these are reliable anymore.

Let me suggest a new deal:

If you…

  • Never stop learning
  • Embrace change
  • Understand your customer’s needs
  • Know and build on your strengths
  • Exceed expectations
  • Create value
  • Avoid silos
  • Ignore your job description; do what is needed
  • Initiate job/career change according to your plan
  • Embrace contingent/contract work if you can excel and grow, and you’re currently stuck

…then good things will probably happen.

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