This book illuminates what is really happening in the American workplace. The authors explain how the widespread restructuring of American firms - usually resulting in a reduction of the workforce to cut costs - has had a profound impact on the lives of workers. The book explains how the new relationship requires high skill levels, but does not provide training for them. Workers themselves now must take charge of their personal development instead of relying on their employers. Their alienation from their firms is compounded by the large disparity between the pay of top managers and that of workers - including middle managers and supervisors. The future is uncertain, but the authors argue that the traditional relationship between employer and employees will continue to erode.