Corporate Confidential: 50 Secrets You Should Know
A book, “Corporate Confidential: 50 Secrets Your Company Doesn’t Want You To Know and What To Do About Them,” was recently recommended to me. The author, Cynthia Shapiro, worked in corporate human relations and is now a workplace coach and employee adviser.
I don’t usually find a lot of these books to be helpful. However, I found this book very intriguing. Its insight into the closed-door corporate world of hiring and firing was eye-opening. Ms Shapiro breaks the code of silence about employees who are quietly being sidelined, restructured, managed out, forced into retirement and laid off without ever knowing why.
She covers many issues including how laws do not protect your job, how human resources is the last place you should go with a problem/issue and offers danger signs and points to help you.
While she notes that each company will have their own unique employee value system and agenda, there are some that all companies share:
1. If a company feels you are opening them up to any severe liability or inconvenience, many will remove you as quickly as possible.
2. Their money, not yours. If they feel you value your money more than theirs, you will be gone.
3. Companies feel those who appear to be stagnating, have fallen behind or have become distracted by personal issues. They want to stay ahead of the curve and this is one of the major reasons companies continue to replace older works with younger ones.
4. Companies want to surround themselves with people who act and appear successful. Negativity, pessimism or a downtrodden appearance will get you replaced.
Read this book if you want to know more about suffering from false security, secret career killers, corporate myths, becoming a fireproof employee and what to do to stay on the corporate ladder.