Good News: Your Job's an Alliance, Not a Marriage

Smart employers, says Ben Casnocha, no longer promise — nor expect — lifetime loyalty.


Job interviews are ridiculous. They have been shown, over and over again, to not only be an incredibly ineffective method of hiring the best employees — but also incentivize deception. And one of the most common ways in which potential employers and employees deceive one another is in overselling the relationship.

In the not-too-distant past, says author and entrepreneur Ben Casnocha, most applicants sought job security, and ideally lifetime employment, and employers sought long-term loyalty in return. In a more stable, less creative economy than today’s, this was entirely realistic. But in the age of disruption, when even more established companies must constantly adapt to keep pace with startup culture, it’s a new deal entirely.

Smart employers, says Casnocha, no longer promise — nor expect — lifetime loyalty. They are looking for creative, ambitious people who are interested in a firm, but temporary “alliance.” The terms of this agreement are simple:

Employer X offers:

  • meaningful work and an opportunity to make a substantial, notable impact on the company.

  • a commitment, for at least the amount of time the employee needs to make this impact, to further the employee’s career goals.

    Employee X offers:

  • total commitment and professional loyalty for the duration of the employment, on the understanding that it’s a waypoint on the journey of his/her career.

    More realistic than romantic, this “alliance model” better aligns worker/employer goals, ensuring that the needs of individuals and the companies they work for are met, and that no bad blood is spilled. It motivates employees who are focused on their futures to commit their full energies in the present, and their employers to invest fully in the future success of temporary workers.

     

    Image Credit: AFP / Stringer

    --

    This post is part of Inside Employees’ Minds: a Big Think partnership with Mercer that examines employees' changing mindsets and the ways workplaces are responding to them.

    Mercer’s new Inside Employees’ Minds™ research reveals what more than 4,000 workers in Canada and the US think about their jobs, their employers, and the changing work experience. It explores trends in employee engagement and the evolving employee value proposition, highlighting key differences by generation, job level, and more. The research confirms that, as business needs and the workforce composition continue to evolve — with the boomer generation moving toward retirement and the preferences of the younger generations starting to dominate — employers need to rethink and reshape their value propositions to lay the foundation for future success. In this compelling video series, Mercer business leaders and other noted experts share their thoughts on the transforming work experience and what it means for both employers and employees.

    LinkedIn meets Tinder in this mindful networking app

    Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.

    Getty Images
    Sponsored
    Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.

    No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.

    Keep reading Show less

    10 reasons to be optimistic in 2019


    Rwanda is pioneering the regulation and use of drones - such as delivering blood

    Photo: STEPHANIE AGLIETTI/AFP/Getty Images
    Politics & Current Affairs

    Even the optimists among us would have to admit 2018 was a challenging year. The fractured world that became the focus of our 2018 Annual Meeting a year ago came under further pressure from populist rhetoric and rising nationalist agendas. At the same time, the urgent need for coordinated global action in areas such as climate change, inequality and the impact of automation on jobs became more intense.

    Keep reading Show less

    Brain study finds circuits that may help you keep your cool

    Research by neuroscientists at MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory helps explain how the brain regulates arousal.

    Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP/ Getty Images
    Mind & Brain

    MIT News

    The big day has come: You are taking your road test to get your driver's license. As you start your mom's car with a stern-faced evaluator in the passenger seat, you know you'll need to be alert but not so excited that you make mistakes. Even if you are simultaneously sleep-deprived and full of nervous energy, you need your brain to moderate your level of arousal so that you do your best.

    Keep reading Show less

    15 surprising life lessons from a highly successful 80-year-old

    You can use these to get ahead, no matter your age.

    Personal Growth

    Blackstone's Byron Wien, Vice Chairman of Private Wealth Solutions Group, gave a speech laying out the wisdom he learned during his 80 years. Here are 15 of Wien's best life lessons, which teach us about improving our productivity, sleep, burnout avoidance, and everything in between.

    Keep reading Show less