Advance Your Career By Being a Good “Ally”

In a world where smartphones and social media are ubiquitous, employers are recognizing that talented hires are more freely available than ever before. The downside for companies is that employee turnover is at an all-time high as workers realize their true value and seek better employment prospects elsewhere.

This is a significant departure from the traditional model of employees building a lifetime relationship with one particular company. Employers who are struggling to retain talent are increasingly adapting their business models to reflect the new workplace paradigm. Authors of The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age recommend a new way of conceptualizing the employer/employee relationship.

Rather than viewing employees as subordinates, they should be seen as the company’s allies, or trusted partners. In the ally model, jobs or projects are seen as tours of duty, in which both parties commit to a specific mission of finite duration. This relieves the pressure of the traditional workplace structure by offering a series of small commitments rather than one large one, incrementally building trust and loyalty between employer and employee.  

Companies who want to attract and retain top talent are recognizing that their employees are free agents who are focused on building their own personal brand rather than devoting themselves entirely to one employer. You can use this to your advantage by emphasizing your value as an ally.

By highlighting specific past achievements and focusing on your future goals, you can show potential employers that you are a desirable asset to the company, willing to do what it takes to achieve missions in a harmonious partnership. It also lets employers know that you are well suited to the changing workplace. 

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