Understand your Cubicle Warrior Contract

By Scot Herrick | Cube Rules Commentary

Mar 02

Do you read blogs about entrepreneurs and contract workers? I do because there is a lot to be gained from their insights that directly applies to employees working in cubes.

Over at Contract Worker, Rico talks through how important it is to understand the agreement (contract) you have with your company as a freelance worker. By understanding the contract, there is less opportunity for grief later on in the work assignment.

That got me to question whether or not we, as Cubicle Warriors, really understand our agreement as employees with our company.

This is Old Skool:

Lifetime employment with one company

A pension for retirement

Health care insurance even after retirement

Weathering financial storms without layoffs.

The company was responsible for your career management.

We were loyal to the company.

Those traits of company employment are not that old. How the world has changed. Here’s New Skool:

Globalization means you must compete for your job with every person on the planet.

Weathering a financial storm means laying people off today and getting costs in line right now.

Career management is done by the individual and not the corporation.

Retirement dollars are your responsibility, not the company.

Being with a company more than five years, especially in the same job, raises questions about your employability instead of it being a good indicator of experience.

Each of us pay a larger portion of the benefit bill from the company.

I am sure there are others.

My philosophy is to have all the traits of a Cubicle Warrior along with this: one box, ten minutes. You can lay me off in a heartbeat and that’s how long it will take me to clean out my desk and go.

It’s really unfortunate that loyalty went out the door somewhere between Old Skool and New Skool.


About the Author

Scot Herrick is the author of “I’ve Landed My Dream Job–Now What???” and owner of Cube Rules, LLC. Scot has a long history of management and individual contribution in multiple Fortune 100 corporations.