Many parents and baby boomers themselves, may have worked for a single employer for a number of years and as long as they performed satisfactorily, it invariably assured them of earning a guaranteed pension funded by their employer upon retirement. Whereas Generation X and subsequent generation workers found themselves thrust into a changing job market environment where loyalty to an employer became secondary, conditional, or not at all.
Just take a look at the 401K plan which was first authorized by Congress in 1974 and enacted in January 1980. With the advent of the 401K, corporations provided an opportunity for their employees to invest in a tax deferred savings plan for retirement, but there’s a caveat, you must manage the fund options yourself and how well you perform financially in the plan is your responsibility, not the employer.
Do you feel that your career is stagnating and you’ve resigned yourself to the fact of hoping that your employer will retain you on the payroll in these uncertain times? Maybe it’s time to take an objective but very hard look at your skills and work ethic. “The Economy is Changing, Jobs are Changing and the Workforce is Changing.
You must embrace the fact and accept that the burden of ensuring your continuing employment is your responsibility and not the employer, and that means staying current with the business training, climate, and technology. Cheaper, better, and faster quality results is the byline for solid economics.
The first axiom, you must stay in tune with the business climate in your industry, as it changes constantly. New ways of doing business, new technology, new equipment, new hardware, new software, and a new mentality are all part of the business realm. If you choose to ignore them, you will surely relegate yourself to being placed on the “chopping block”.
So, get into the habit of signing up and taking full advantage of the free training offered by many companies and those entities online. You may be pleasantly surprised by your superior’s response and furthermore, he may view it positively with your taking the initiative to improve yourself, and save the company money without being prodded.
It is practically a prerequisite that new hires possess a fairly solid working knowledge in the use of Microsoft Office applications. If you’re still stumbling with Excel or Word, please take the time and effort to brush up on those skills. The employer experiences a downturn or re-assesses economic operations for cost savings.
If you’re not satisfied with your current career position, please take a hard look at where you are with your career and ask yourself, “what can I do to make certain that my career going forward is challenging, successful, rewarding, and beneficial to both me as and the company?” Re-invent or create a new position within the company or department. Perhaps your current duties have increased to the point it warrants the creation of a new or more applicable job description.
You have absolutely nothing to lose and perhaps both of you may have a lot to gain.