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The Most Important Question About Your Employer Goes To Its Heart

Your company does certain things for you. Have you ever wondered why?

It pays you well or poorly or somewhere between. Why not higher? Why not lower?

The medical insurance probably could be better or could be worse. Why is it at that level?

You’re given a certain amount of paid time off. Why not more or less?

Perhaps your company throws the occasional party. Why go to the trouble?

The answer to each of these hints at the answer to the ultimate question: How does your company feel about you and the other people who work there?

It’s a crucial issue, one that goes to the heart of the unwritten social contract. The answer determines your best strategy for how much commitment you should give in return. Organizations often deliver similar perks and benefits for different reasons. A mismatch between your company’s intentions and yours can hurt your career.

In my latest column for Forbes, I share three quick questions that allow you to compare your perception of your employer’s motivations against the answers of the rest of the United States, plus some advice on what it means for your strategy on the job.

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