Friday, July 27, 2007

Job security

There was this job security issue brought up in my company event. The survey result shows that the satisfactory on job security below 70% and our top management wasn't happy about it. He was rather puzzled on why this would be an issue as he has explained that there will not be movement on the staff as our company just acquired by a big firm from US.

Questions are raised and story are told by the staff on this issue. Some said it was the country traveled, where some of the country are not safe for the staff to do their work. Some said it was low of company resources that affected their performance. Therefore he/she will be risk of getting sack by the company.

The top management replied to those question in a well explained manner and everybody seem to satisfied with the answer. I wanted to raise out my concern or opinion regarding job security but I saw I wasn't in the same wavelength with the management and the rest of the staff (I think).

Newspaper ads sometimes post a title something like this "We offer you a career. Not a job". Obviously this shows that the trend is moving more toward the career type than the job type. So, "job" security seems to be outdated and should be replaced by "career" security. I have read couple of books on careers and here's what I think about job security.

First, there is no job security. Why is it so? I've read news on multinational company like Dell, Intel and IBM cutting jobs just to lower the cost. Since the large company unable to provide job security, I don't think small company would able to provide it either.

Second, how do you know your job is in danger? Usually, this can be seen when there is a merge or acquisition happened. But do that really justified that when business merged or taken over, so does your job? I believe many people still remain their job and position or perhaps, felt even better with the new company. The scariest part of all is when the company is cutting cost or shutting down your department. Someway or somehow you have to leave the company. Will the company let you know all these information in first hand? Of course not. Because they don't want to create havoc in the company. Meanwhile, some may try to fix it in the back so nobody knows. In the end, someway or somehow they screwed up and by cutting further loses, they will start on the work force to reduce "loses".

So, how do you define job security? There's none. What the job market should define is that, every employee is somehow like a free agent. They can come and go. Something like doing business with the professional. Example, I hired some consultants. I paid them and benefit from their skill and services. If I didn't pay or treat them badly, they can take their business elsewhere. I don't guarantee and make sure there is a job for them.

In summary, what I do believe is that the top management should leave the job security question out from the survey list and should put this question in "Will you able to survive with your experience learned from your job when the company is no longer around?" This would sounds much better.

Monday, July 9, 2007