In a world where the unemployment rate is 2.5% in some states, why is there so much insecurity about our jobs?
Well, if you work in cubes, I think you know the answer to that without knowing the answer. But to those who tout the great economy and point to the unemployment rate as proof-positive of how great things are going, let me offer a few reasons why the economy isn’t so great for cubicle warriors:
Company management will lay us off in a heartbeat to meet cost objectives. Whether it is to meet budgetary targets or meet objectives of off-shoring, there is no position that is safe.
Managers change. Often. In my career, save one manager, I had a different manager every 18-months on average. That meant I never had a review from the same manager for two years in a row. It meant that I had to get used to a new management style every year. It meant new and different objectives every year. Hard to build consistency in a job when things constantly change.
Upper management changes often. And the way to show effectiveness right away: reorganize the place to fix the problem the person was hired for to fix.
My personal view is that every person in the company gets a new manager once every two years. I might be wrong (anyone have a study?), but that seems to be pretty close.
- New style.
- New objectives.
- New Mission.
- New Vision.
And six months to get it rolling at which point we start over again.
Sure, the unemployment rate is 2.5% where I live. But the Corporate Churn Rate is 75%. Which number do you think has a bigger impact on your life?