Do we set the bar too high for employers?

How to find a balance in setting expectations for employers in order not to end up as a single on the labor market?

The labor market is constantly changing, and the standards and expectations we set for employers and organizational cultures are changing with it. Employees expect that they will be given a sense of purpose as part of their work, a sense of belonging to an organization, working conditions in which they will have a chance to develop relationships, as well as appropriately adapted psychological support. Let’s add to this a flexible approach to the place and time of work, as well as the type of leadership that fits the preferences.

Simon Sinek compares the list of employees’ expectations to the expectations often posed to life partners, who would ideally be characterized by a similar way of thinking, as high as our level of intelligence, and absolute emotional and sexual compatibility. Moreover, they should share all our interests with us and share our political sympathies.

However, this whole package of expectations may turn out to be impossible to meet, and our romantic partners will simply fail. Similarly, the organizational culture will bend under the weight and pressure of employees’ expectations.

Has the bar been set too high, or on the contrary – have we finally learned to speak out loud about our needs and expect them to be met? Where do you think the border is?

Monika Ciesielska
President at IMSA Search Global Partners. An experienced consultant in the recruitment of the management staff, including board members, and a leader of the recruiting team in the IT/Tech area. Enthusiast of digital transformation of HR processes. Podcaster at "Skrzydlaty HR" and "Top Leaders Club".
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