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The High Performance Organization by Linda Holbeche

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Careers and work–lifebalance

Introduction

As the ‘baby boomer’ generations near retirement, approaches to work and careers that they represented are passing with them. Given the waves of downsizings and major changes to organizational structures of recent years, few employees now expect to have a career for life in one organization. Few trust their employer to safeguard their interests. On the other hand, many employees still aspire to a career that goes ‘onwards and upwards’, even if this is not in one organization.

Indeed, few management issues are as cliché-bound as that of careers. According to many pundits, ‘careers are dead’. ‘Onwards and upwards’ is supposed to have been replaced by lateral growth. ...

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