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The Changing Workplace Times change - and reasons behind the changes are both varied and plural Historically companies view management positions as requiring a technical knowledge base of all positions contained in that group Carlson 2002 p42 Current times and trends have changed this viewpoint however companies today often seek skills and specific skill sets in lieu of technical knowledge My father likely your father and even more likely his fathers father before him worked for a single company - at the very least in a single industry Historically company goals were generally to attain and retain people referred to as lifers employees whose careers would begin and end at the company working in various capacities throughout their lives Some companies were known as womb to tomb employers Prospective employees knew that if they joined the company at an early age and performed satisfactorily they would have a job for life They could count on receiving a gold watch and a company pension when they retired It was not uncommon for people to start work with a company in the mailroom or as a courier at the age of 15 or even younger and to retire at age 65 with 50 years or more of service Carlson 2002 p42 These lifer employees worked their way up from the mailroom and attained technical knowledge along the way - this technical knowledge often qualified these technically skilled employees for management positions In the 21st century many people entering the workforce may work for as many as seven or eight different companies during their careers Carlson 2002 p42 Todays employers often hire management workforce based on skill sets not technical skills Rsums today can highlight skills rather than job history in response to these hiring trends In my twelve 12 years of employment to date with many more in the queue I have worked in three different industries in more than four different career capacities my
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