The Unwritten Laws of Engineering: With Revisions and Additions
10 Regarding Career and Personal Development
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Maintain your employability as well as that of your subordinates.
It is the rare engineer who has a single employer for a whole career, and employers understand this. So it follows that it is unreasonable to expect engineers to accept becoming useless to other potential employers, however invaluable they may have become to their current employer. If your skills and knowledge are valuable only to your current employer, you are in trouble. Sooner or later, for one reason or another, your employer will no longer be interested in buying those skills, and you will have no place else to sell them.
Obsolescence is bad business for employers as well as employees. It is costly for employers to disposition the obsolete, and to hire or develop employees with the skills that the departed should have been developing all along. Therefore, for the benefit of your employer, you should also make this situation unequivocally clear to your subordinates, then you should do all you can to counsel and support them in this regard.