• John A Bushfield

    Anne – Wonderful article!  You are singing my song:  employers need to radically change their views about work and performance, including nomenclature, systems, processes; heck, just about everything.  What hasn’t changed is the workforce need for connection, feedback, being valued, personal and professional growth, and the desire to contribute to the greater good, be it environmental or social.  Smart employers will figure all this out and connect the dots; most will continue to scratch their heads wondering why they are becoming less competitive in the marketplace.  Eventually the change will occur; it will have to because business success will require it.

    My only issue with your proposition is the notion of a lifetime employer, as defined by working for somebody else for your entire career.  I believe lifetime employment means workers will become more independent and take control over how they earn a living; the focus being on what they do rather than who they do it for.  Their priorities will determine how they spend their time, and organizational loyalty will last only as long as those priorities are aligned.  

    It’s an exciting new world out there, and we are in the early stages of a transformation that will change our lives.  I hope I last long enough to see it materialize.

    • Anne

      Hi John,

      Absolutely agree that values and goal alignment will be the key to success of lifestyle employment along with flexible work practices.

      We believe in great conversations where those alignments are explored and those other needs you mentioned like career growth, connection are explored with transparency.

      Supporting mutual responsibility for the alignment with the right tools and resources is critical.

    • Anne

      Hi John,

      Absolutely agree that values and goal alignment will be the key to success of lifestyle employment along with flexible work practices.

      We believe in great conversations where those alignments are explored and those other needs you mentioned like career growth, connection are explored with transparency.

      Supporting mutual responsibility for the alignment with the right tools and resources is critical.

  • Patti Johnson

    Anne, great article. I think some of the choices & flexibility are desirable to all generations, but it’s been more recently that there is the awareness of its importance.  So glad to see that there is some awareness – which is a start. Thanks.

    • Anne

      Hi Patti,

      You are so right – our Career Agility Research earlier this year showed that as many Baby Boomers are looking for Flexible Work practices and an opportunity to “dial back” their careers right now, but want to continue to use their talents.
      Organizations will get greater loyalty and retention if they can make it work for all.