BookWatch: You may have to reapply for your job one day — here’s how to keep it

Restructuring fads come and go. However, a recent practice that has caught my eye is asking employees to “reapply” for their jobs.

The practice—which makes workers particularly uncomfortable—is rooted at least in part in the world of “post-merger integration,” often a euphemism for lots of people running around trying to root out cost and justify the transaction that just took place. The idea is that as a new entity takes form, it makes sense that prospective employees of that new entity—even if they came from one of its forbears—should apply afresh for their role.

Though it may put us on edge, there is a kernel of value in the practice: it reminds us that we, just like our organizations, aren’t guaranteed a future.

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