Last Updated Oct 19, 2007 7:07 PM EDT
Company A tells you that "your first three months will be a probationary period in which you'll get to know and work closely with your assigned teammates.... At the end of that period, your teammates -- your peers -- will vote on whether or not you will get to stay in the organization."Which position do you accept? In a post yesterday, Erickson argues that there is no right answer, but that your choice reveals a great deal about your relationship with your work. Her research has identified six fundamental archetypes, which she calls "Life's Lures." Among them:
The representative of company B "can't tell you what your exact role will be or who you'll be working with. For the first three months, you'll be in our "fishbowl," performing a series of weekly challenges... under the close scrutiny of our CEO and other senior executives."
Company C explains that "your first three months will be spent learning our way of doing business. We have a specific way of operating, and we expect you to follow our processes closely. We're convinced that the ways we've outlined are the most productive and successful."
- Expressive Legacy: Work is about creating something with lasting value
- Secure Progress: Work is about upward mobility; a predictable, upward path to success
- Individual Expertise and Team Victory: Work is an opportunity to contribute to a winning team
- Risk with Reward: Work is an opportunity for challenge, change, learning, and, maybe, wealth