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The 12 New Rules for Managing Your Employees As If
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What Your New Rules Index Says About Whether You Should Quit

In September 2013, video producer Marina Shifrin announced her resignation by producing one final video at her job.

“It’s 4:30 a.m. and I am at work,” says the subtitle as the beginning footage shows her setting up the camera to face herself. Then she starts dancing.

“I work for an awesome company that produces news videos. For almost two years I’ve sacrificed my relationships, time, and energy for this job,” say the subtitles as she continues to dance.

“And my boss only cares about quantity and how many views each video gets. So I figured I’d make one of my own to focus on the content instead of worry about the views. Oh, and to let my boss know (dance break) . . .

“I quit.”

Shifrin became a YouTube hit – her video has accumulated 19 million views – and she changed jobs.

The ultimate self-defense technique for an employee who feels she is being treated like a widget is to resign and move on. That leverage was largely lost during the Great Recession. Now that the labor market is strengthening, that leverage is back. Chances are much better than they were a few years ago that you could get out if you wished.

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(Almost) Everything You Need to Know About Your Own Engagement

We’ve had a cool piece of career navigation technology locked in the lab here for a couple years while we calibrated it and shined the brass. I couldn’t be more amped up to share it with you now.

Perhaps you’ve already found your way over to the links that get you to the New Rules index and you have your report. If not, the link is at the bottom of this page.

With that report and all the secrets I’m about to spill in this post, you’ll have more information about where you are relative to others’ experiences at work, more of a guide on how to chart your course at your job, than any research team (so far as I’m aware) has shared broadly with the public. … Read More

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