I hate to say it was my first BOSS that gave me the quote for today’s Friday Funny, but it was. She saw how quickly I was amazed and enamoured with corporate life soon after joining my first MegaCorp and wanted me to be cautious in my career.
I definitely bled MegaCorp Blue (Pantone 286) right out of the gates, despite having left college with the Richard Bolles’ Classic What Color Is Your Parachute that warned you to “always keep your parachute packed” and be ready for a Plan B. My boss emphasized that your employer may make you feel valued, important, and special, but when things go wrong in the marketplace, their love for you is only skin deep.
That said, I did enjoy the three companies I worked for throughout my 27 year career and never really felt betrayed by my employers. Even now I keep up with almost all of my former bosses. There isn’t one that I really left on bad terms with.
My advice? Understand that employer/employee love may be a one way street, but “it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.”
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