Ben Casnocha and Chris Yeh, coauthors of the HBR article “Tours of Duty: The New Employer-Employee Compact.”
Love this- the concept of how a career was supposed to be is analogous to an escalator- if you do this and this and this you will ride your way to the top with that company. But with economic crashes resulting in employment "contracts" being broken- loyalty is difficult to find on either side of the relationship. A "job" has transformed to a concept of an alliance. A mutually agreed upon relationship. More than ever career minded people are considering unique ways in how they can work for themselves choosing not to be an employee for life as a viable reality. Careers no longer look like the escalator – likely they zig zag over time. "The startup of you" "brand you" "the art of the start" are a few of the reads that have inspired me over time to be attracted to this sort of ideal. Being entrepreneurial in your career isn’t for everyone but for some it is beneficial as an offensive strategy for both individuals and employers to breed innovation. Here’s to thinking about and considering a "different" way of working together. It can provide more adaptability, employability and ultimate satisfaction on both sides. I guess you could call it the elephant in the room. Let’s start acknowledging it and embracing it as an option. Concepts like tours of duty and short term agreements can provide more security than less with mutually agreed upon terms applied to them.
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