By: John Shepler
Remember the unwritten employment contract? That's the one the one you thought you signed up for when your employer was courting you. As many of us found out belatedly, the unwritten contract isn't worth the paper it isn't written on. Now, Bill Jensen believes the tables are about to be turned. This time employees, not employers, will be calling the shots. He calls this new unwritten contract Work 2.0, as described in his book by the same name.
So, What's Unwritten Contract 2.0 Worth?
Business of the future is going to be more cut-throat than you can imagine. The companies that prosper will need to engage every resource they can muster, including the hearts and minds of their workforces. If not, they will get stomped by the high mental and physical energy of their competitors. Some companies are in that mode today. If you are a small up-and-coming business looking to kill off the dinosaurs in your field, or a player in a high tech, high growth rate sector, you're may already be playing this game.
Work 2.0 acknowledges that people come to work for more than a bi-weekly check. They expect to be challenged to be the best they can be. They also expect to be treated with respect and valued for the critical resources they are. Only then will they become fully engaged in the company's mission and go at is as hard as they would when trying to win a soccer game.
Yeah that's right. We all know that the dead come back to life at 5 PM and push each other out of the way to get home to what they REALLY want to do. Can you imagine harnessing that energy during the work day?
Hey, That Doesn't Sound Like My Job!
Seize the Citadel or At Least The Day
You must demand, not meekly request, a better return on the investment you make for the company. They must have you work on great and important projects that are both exciting and rewarding. They must provide the resources that challenge you to work at peak productivity and not have you waste time with the care and feeding of unnecessary supervision. Your connections with your peers must deliver personal freedom, growth and success.
If not...you'll find somebody that WILL do these things. So, there!
Humble Pie in the Sky?
My other caveat is that this utopia may not be
coming to a company near you this week or next. If your company is
becalmed in a sea of anemic demand for its products and services, Gestapo
management styles may still rule the day...for now. If reading Work
2.0 lights up a fire of indignation and resolve within your weary soul,
you may well have to break the chains that bind and starting interviewing
potential employers that need the commitment you can offer right now. Or,
if you can't find any that can measure up, consider unleashing that
monster of productivity that is boiling within you in a start-up venture
of your own.
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