Professional Development - What a Difference 60 Years Makes
Originally appearing at ForITPros.com.
In 1957, the Soviet-made Sputnik streaked across the sky in low earth orbit. It was clearly visible to millions of concerned Americans. The Soviet government had leapfrogged America technologically. The dot that traversed the nighttime sky marked a change in international politics and fueled the engine that became America's space program.
Another far more subtle shift was happening in America's businesses as well. In the 1950's and 1960's, American employees gave their loyalty to their employer in exchange for a commitment for a career-long job within the organization.
Over the past 60 years, those commitments from employers have eroded. No longer are employees guaranteed a job for life. Likewise employees no longer extend boundless loyalty to their companies, readily changing jobs every few years for better opportunities, pay, and working conditions.
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