Carrying Multiple Jobs - Employees realize that
they can't put all of their eggs in one basket. Therefore, many have second
jobs, night jobs, weekend jobs, and freelancing jobs in addition to their
primary job. Also, the majority of married employees feel their spouses must
also be gainfully employed.
employers - They no longer receive the total undivided physical and
psychological energies of their employees.]
Demanding Portable Benefits - Employees are no
longer content with pensions that require them to stay with the same company
for many years. They know that their tenure with the company will probably not
be long and is out of their control. They therefore are now demanding
retirement benefits such as matching 401(k) plans that they can carry with them
when they leave the organization.
employers - Expensive defined benefit retirement programs no longer improve
long-term employee commitment.]
Withdrawing Psychologically - Many employees are
remaining aloof to their employers' cries for teamwork and commitment to the
organization's goals. Instead they have developed a WIIFM (what's-in-it-for-me)
employers - Traditionally important motivators such as climbing the corporate
ladder and becoming known as a good team player are no longer as effective as
they once were.]
Adopting an Adversarial Relationship - Employees
have become very cynical about senior management. They no longer have the blind
trust that employers relied upon in the past.
employers - Motivating employees toward a common goal requires very strong
leadership skills. Managers often feel as though they are trying to herd
Constantly Planning their Escape Route -
Employees know that they must continually upgrade their skills, not to help
their current employer, but to help them land their next job. Also, many
employees are constantly scheming to eventually shed their employee hat to
start their own businesses.
employers - It is very difficult to motivate employees that would prefer to be