On bringing back “the Organization Man”

Great piece on whether it is time to bring back “the Organization Man”:

“In that model, which drove the US economy for most of the last century, employers made longer-term commitments to employees, where they invested in development to fill jobs, and where employees responded with commitments of their own in terms of performance. Jobs were filled internally with people prepared to do them, skill shortages were unknown, and employees were engaged with the needs of their employer.”

What we have been doing, focusing on “outside hiring to get skills,” isn’t really working in terms of loyalty or productivity. “Few employers are providing development opportunities. Why bother developing when we can get the skills on the outside? US large companies have been filling 66 percent of their vacancies from the outside, in contrast to a generation ago where 90 percent were filled from within.”

Lots of food for thought herein.

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