This guest column is by Jessica Hasson, Founder, Pulp Pr
A recent study by Gallup found that 51 percent of employees are actively looking for new jobs,and 49 percent of them did it in order to increase their income. Here’s a thought: ask your current company for more money if that’s why you’re looking. If they think you’re worth it, they’ll often give it to you, or work out a plan to compensate you in other ways – extra time off, phone budgets, etc. Trust me, as a boss, I can tell you that I’d much rather have a happy employee that I can depend on for several years in a row, than a constant churn of new people I have to train from the ground up. Stop playing the games, stop looking out the window at the “greener grass”. Dedicate to spending at least 3 to 5 years at a company to see things through, and to make yourself grow.
1. Hiring is a pain.
When hiring a person at any company, the amount of effort it takes to vet and find the right individual is astronomical. From reviewing hundreds of applicants, picking the right few, to actual interviews and the “fit” test, the process is exhaustive. While this may sound like the whining of an old goat (which, I am not; technically I am myself a millennial), it is something to consider when companies who are hiring are faced with a workforce that has the out-dated mentality of job-hopping every 2 years; more specifically speaking, hiring millennials.
2. Loyalty will be rewarded.
You’ll watch as your peers pop around and spin themselves into the ground never fully dedicating themselves to one way, and you’ll pass them in the long run – I promise. Loyalty and longevity is something I look for in every single person I hire. A three-to-five year stint at a company will look like a shiny gold star when you decide to move on – versus three jobs in two years. Furthermore, the energy put into training new employees becomes useless. Companies both small and large are faced with having employees work at levels below than what they’re capable of, once their next hunt begins. It’s depressing that with all of the time and effort you put into new hires, you’re eventually brought back to square one.
3. Business world has changed.
Workplace culture has changed dramatically over the last few years. Technology alone has led a revolution of company’s ability to manage a global workforce with a click of a Slack. Long gone are the antiquated days when headcounts, faxes and two-hour in person meetings ruled the day. We now have an agile workforce that can easily be harnessed from anywhere on the planet. With this lightning fast, mobile work force, so has changed the growth opportunities in companies. No longer is anyone expected to stay in the same position forever, awaiting annual reviews in the hopes of a promotion. We now are finding companies preferring to work virtually than in the traditional cubicle.
What if everyone could win? I believe that by looking at a longer employment term (at least 3-5 years), both employees and companies can benefit each other:
Always take initiative and push yourself to advance within the company. For example, while other people are hopping around every 2 years, look at the positions of those who left and how you can grow into them. Say you’re an assistant now and a coordinator quits, during their 2-week transition learn what they’re doing, and do it. Take on tasks that they were filling. Even when they hire a replacement it’ll take the same amount of time for them to get into the full swing of things.
While many young people don’t think about retirement or vacation time, the longer you’re at the company, the more these benefits accrue – and the better off you are when life-changing events arise (like getting married, having a baby or traveling).
Become the wise old owl at your workplace. After 2-3 years at the company, people will lean on you for advice and guidance. This positions you to grow into a management role and build up trust.
For the first 6-9 months of any job, you’re being evaluated constantly. Once you pass that hump, you’re no longer the new kid on the block, allowing you to explore new activities that inspire you.
At the end of the day, a job is a job. Tasks will be tasks- some you will love, and some you will hate. Eventually (and this really only happens with time, after the honeymoon phase of the job is over), you will begin to find inspiration in the smallest things because you’ve seen the full cycle of how they lead to a bigger result. I think a lot of people are looking for inspiration from their jobs; but in reality we need to think about being inspirational at our jobs. Only in time can you be inspirational to others at a company.
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