How has the employer/employee relationship changed?

“Work increasingly is being driven by a project orientation that requires short or finite time horizons.  While many organizations do have  and have had such a basic structure, typically they have warehoused employees during periods of inactivity.

“The implied contract between employer and employee reflects a practical understanding that neither is expected to make long-term commitments to the other.  When the relationship ends, the employee does not feel betrayed or ill-used and the employer recognizes a responsibility to provide assistance of a financial and transitional nature.  Loyalty on the part of the employee is to his or her skills and the extent to which she or he is employable.  Loyalty to the organization is reinforced by the fact that the employer provides training and other resources that increase individual employability.”

Quoted from Thriving in the Changing Workplace, now available in print or eBook from  Or contact


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