Think back through your life about the places or companies you have worked. Can you quickly identify what they each exemplified, beyond their primary product or service? If it takes you a while to think about that question, you may not be alone.
When I think about it, the first thing that comes to my mind is I wasn’t too concerned about “them”. I was more concerned about my personal connection with “them”. For example, is there a career path? Will this position help me further my personal goals of providing for my family, excelling at my strengths, furthering my education, and making a positive difference with those I associate with at this organization?
At first glance, it appears to me I am being a bit selfish! After all, they are doing me the favor of employment. But when I look deeper, I realize what I was attempting to do was match what is important to me with what is important to the organization. The organization needs competent, dependable, trained, and educated employees. I want to provide to the organization the benefits of my strengths (education, training and experience).
The organization is willing to compensate employees for the organization’s needs. I want to provide financially for my family. After some conversations and deliberations, the organization and I can determine if we are a good match. When was the last time you thought about whether you and your organization were a good match for each other? Perhaps it is time to take a closer look!