CONVENIENCE WITHOUT COMMITMENT 3self-reliant and independent, without reciprocal commitment.Today, the employee-employer relationship is emblematic of what the ChristianPentecostal Church would call “shacking”. This term is used when referring to two individualswho are dating, living together, and enjoying the benefits of marriage without being legallymarried or committed in holy matrimony. Figuratively speaking, “shacking” is the type agreementmost employers and employees of today have entered into. The employee gets the benefit of receiving a paycheck, health benefits, and other perks from the employer, while the employer receives labor and performance provided by the employee. Both parties reap the benefits of marriage without dedication or obligation. Therefore, once the employee or employer finds a more beneficial union to better meet their needs, the old relationship is quickly discarded with ease because there was never a mutual allegiance, or loyalty cultivated between the two parties. Thisnew social contract is simply “convenience without covenant”. While employers are making business decisions based on what is needed to survive, whether that is to cut costs, revamp productlines, or start fresh with new talent for their own sake, today’s professionals have to be prepared todo the same. As a 21
century “employee”, one must be highly perceptive in order to discern the potentiality of future relational break up from the employer to prevent unpreparedness. In addition,one must be adaptable to change, flexible, cross-trainable, innovative and critical thinkers, and professional, personable, result-oriented, and emotional intelligent, coupled with a personality thatcompliments the organizational culture, not threaten it.
21st Century Employee-Employer Challenges and Benefits
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