You know today’s job scene: long hours, low raises, zero job security. You could grind out 60-hour weeks for years only to find yourself suddenly laid off. It’s tough enough to stay sane in such an unforgiving environment, but what if you’re one of those ambitious types who actually wants to climb the company ladder?
As recently as 20 years ago, the path was simple. Bosses guided employees along the career track, and they toiled dutifully until promotions were offered. Invariably, those who worked the most hours won. Some even went on to spend their entire career at one company—chief executives who got their start in the mailroom weren’t unheard of.