Stevens Lecture Encourages Employees to Take Life and Career Into Their Own

first_img When it comes to relationships between employees and their employers, a lacking connection often means workers must do more for their own future, says Fran Dramis, who recently spoke at the Stevens Institute of Technology’s School of Business.Dramis, a former leader at financial institutions like Salomon Brothers, CitiBank, BellSouth, and Coopers & Lybrand, explained that the lack of a meaningful social contract between corporations and employees means that workers must be strategic about their own job security.“How do you make it so unintended consequences become intended? When the downsizing happens, the people who get eliminated are the support people, not the strategic people. Your job as a leader is to make your organization and your employees strategic. Don’t go to work someplace that doesn’t offer you that, or you’ll be the first to be laid off,” he explains. As the CIO at BellSouth, Dramis retention strategy was to give employees “life security,” as opposed to job security. “You have to increase their marketability, help them learn new skills. If you give someone life security, they’ll stay with you.”Stevens Professor and information systems expert Michael Parfett worked under Dramis in a few different positions over the years. In his introduction, Parfett praised Dramis’ “life security” approach. “He kept asking me if I was updating my résumé. No other boss has ever asked me to do that. People do that when they’re getting ready to leave. In his book, it’s part of his technique — he gives you the ability to leave, but you don’t want to.”Dramis concluded his talk with some words that he hoped might light a fire under future MBAs. “We’re rapidly moving to a digital society, where the interaction between business processes and digital enhancement is creating incredible opportunities. No company will hire you and tell you you’ll be there for the next 30 years. You have to take responsibility for your own life security.” Stevens Lecture Encourages Employees to Take Life and Career Into Their Own Hands RelatedBooth Research Finds High Performance Employees Likely To Start-Up Own VenturesOftentimes, entrepreneurs are seen as “corporate misfits”– those who ditch the 9-5 lifestyle for “a life of untold riches and the satisfaction of being one’s own boss.” But according to new research from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, entrepreneurs aren’t always corporate misfits, but in fact just…January 2, 2015In “Featured Home”Top MBA Recruiters: IDEOIf you’re interested in international design and consulting, IDEO (pronounced eye-dee-oh) should be on your radar. Launched in Palo Alto, CA in 1991, the company is known for using design-thinking methodology to design its products, services, environments, and digital experiences. They’re involved in a wide range of consumer products (toothbrushes,…May 20, 2019In “Career”Seamless Shopping, Work Authenticity, and More – Toronto NewsProfessors at Toronto’s premier business schools have been making headlines this week. Let’s see what they’ve been up to. Phasing Out the Checkout Line: Retailers Race to Make Shopping More Seamless – CBC News Walmart’s scan-and-go shopping option, which allowed customers to scan items themselves and pay for them with a…May 17, 2018In “Featured Home” Last Updated Nov 13, 2017 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail center_img About the AuthorJonathan PfefferJonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as contributing writer at MetroMBA and contributing editor at Clear Admit, he is co-founder and lead producer of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.View more posts by Jonathan Pfeffer regions: New York Citylast_img read more