Gotta get the book, The New American Workplace, by James O'Toole and Edward Lawler. The authors presented a webinar today based on their book (sponsored by the American Management Association) where they analyzed the changes, consequences and choices of today's organizations. They also traced the evolving history of work in America. Their book is based on serious research.
Some items of interest from the webinar:
1) Every individual has to manage his own career as companies won't accept that responsibility anymore.
2) Companies are less willing to make long term investments in their employees' professional development.
3) Although there are several companies out there that encourage participative work environments, many large companies resist this mode as it would limit executive pay checks.
What can an employee do?