Of the world’s 7 billion people, 3 billion are employed. That means that employment is the occupation of nearly half of humanity and probably all of its adult population. But why seek employment?
Employment offers you the opportunity to work for a living and generate personal wealth from earnings. Most employees look for jobs to meet their basic needs; food shelter and clothing and therefore evaluate job opportunity on the basis of how much money they will earn. Yet, the discerning employee will obtain much more from employment such as skills, exposure and business experience.
This then raises some serious ethical questions for reflection. What, for example, are your obligations to your employer and what are your obligations to yourself? On the outset employment is a mutual agreement, commitment and partnership destined to generate specific productivity for an employer in return for a specified sum of money for the employee.
Both parties are obliged to fulfil the contractual terms of the agreement. it may also be defined as a mutually beneficial partnership in which both parties achieve divergent goals through participation in convergent activity. In his book, How to Prosper in employment, Allan Bukusi challenges employees to seek employment with clear personal development objectives in order to profit from every employment engagement.
Employers have very clear goals they want to achieve through their enterprise. Unfortunately, too many employees waste employment opportunity hoping to figure out what they want to do with life- later. They often leave employment many years later with deep regret and very little accomplishment.