It is interesting to consider the workforce as it is sold to us in development. From a child onward, we are constantly told that the entering the workforce is a transition into the “real world”. Therefore we adapt that train of thought in many aspects of our lives growing up, especially school and home life, without even realizing that the transition is very similar.
Working is more than completing a task. It is joining an entity and helping to accomplish goals, while simultaneously working towards goals of your own. Although it is the “real world” in the sense that when we enter our twenties and embark on that journey to adulthood, we are taking on a level of responsibility we probably have not been faced with before – it is in the most basic form a relationship. And as in any good relationship, it should be mutually satisfying. Ideally, we would like to gain as much from our workplace as we do in giving of our skills and time to it.
However, it may seem this ideal is far from the experiences of so many employees and their companies. That while it is demanded of the employee to know everything about the company, it is not reciprocated from the side of the company. Employees must accept and conform to the order of their employment, while they themselves are quite simply interchangeable. It is no wonder that we are living in a time when the idea of being loyal to company has many weak strings. The kind of loyalty that leads a person to work for a company for forty years seems to be gone, and instead is replaced by the person who is continuously working to develop themselves and their own personal brand – bringing the idea of company culture to a very micro scale of the individual.