This article tells you how to choose your career so as to avoid being "abandoned" by your employer in the future when your specialised skills are no longer wanted. .
THE SUPPLY CHAIN IN THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY
In the manufacturing industry, we have the supply chain concept that describes how the goods/services move through different stages of manufacture, from the raw materials in the plant to the finished products enjoyed by the end users.
A simplified version is presented here:
RAW MATERIALS -> MANUFACTURER -> DISTRIBUTORS -> RETAILERS -> END USERS.
In a company, we have a similar analogy describing how an organization is set up to serve its customers.
THE INFORMATION SUPPLY CHAIN IN A COMPANY
OWNER -> SENIOR MANAGEMENT -> MIDDLE MANAGEMENT -> FRONT LINE STAFF ->CUSTOMERS
In the manufacturing world, the supply chain has been greatly shortened as technology works effectively to remove the middle steps. We are now enjoying cheaper but better services. This is because MANUFCTURERS can directly access the END USERS by using innovative ways to distribute their products. One possibility is to use Internet incorporated with fully automated software to handle customers' order directly. This effectively eliminates the middleman and transfers the cost savings to end users.
SHORTENING OF THE INFORMATION SUPPLY CHAIN
The same trend alsooccurs in modern companies. I call it the "Shortening of the Information Supply Chain in Modern Enterprises". In the past, the middle management plays the role of co-coordinating and disseminating company information and management power from the top to bottom. They also assist in collecting information aboutthe frontline situation and reflect it to senior management and owners of a company.
Technology is gradually changing this. We now have very powerful information system software and hardware that enables senior management people to collect and analyse all necessary information required to run a company anywhere in the world.
We have the latest communication devices to enable fast and responsive mutual communication betweenfrontline staff and senior management.
As a result, we are now seeing that companies gradually curtail the information supply chain by cutting back on the middle management simply because they don't need them.
To remain competitive, companies aim to reduce their management reporting layer (the information supply chain) and hence achieve a more responsive management structure with less human resource burden.
WHAT IS THE INSIGHT?
Don't choose to become the middle management or you'll be eliminated in the future.
WHAT TO CHOOSE?
Choose to play the role of either front line information worker or strive
to become the very senior management or even start up your own company.
Don't rest on your laurels and simply hope that one day you would be promoted,manage a good number of people . enjoy your life without having topay real effort to work on the front line, and ultimately think that what you have to do is to serve your boss "comfortably".
THOSE DAYS ARE GONE
I have seen many candidates aged between 40 to 55 working as the middle management lost their jobs because of this market trend and they are never, ever able to find another good one. It is because there are fewer and fewer well-paid but comfortable middle management positions.
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