Do employers and employees lie to each other about their relationship? According to this article from The Independent, Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn, thinks so. The problem? Employers want to be able to ditch employees at any time while saying that their company is a “family,” and employees are continually looking to move to greener pastures.
That's not a recipe for either familial or corporate bliss, to say nothing of business productivity or job stability. A Gallup poll suggests that 70% of American workers are not engaged in their jobs.
I would love to be able to say that we do not see some of this played out in our employment law practice representing both management and workers. But we do.
The days when good work and employee loyalty earned a measure of job stability and a gold watch after a long, productive career may be gone for now, but there was considerable wisdom in that approach. Re-adopting some of it deserves serious thought by employers.