Sunday, 15 January 2017

Job-hopping: A 'positive-bee syndrome'

Gone are the days when a job-hopper would be considered frivolous and even disloyal to an organization. But we forget one thing very conveniently that those were the salad-days of corporate culture and most of the people were either government servants or a part of a select few, working for a small-scale household company known as a coterie company.

Leaving Jobs is No Longer a Sign of Frivolity

At that time and context, leaving jobs and constant hopping for greener pastures was indeed a sign of frivolity on the part of a job-hopper. But the scenario has undergone a sea-change. Today, job-hopping is integral to corporate culture and is not frowned upon any longer. With changing times, change the values and perceptions as well. We're living in financially and emotionally turbulent times. In such times, interpersonal relations also go through a paradigm shift and security suffers. Then, why shouldn't a person look for new job avenues all the time and grab the best in the bargain?

Hiring and Firing a Norm in the Companies

What's wrong with that? When companies' head-honchos don't hesitate in hiring and firing and feel no qualms in handing you a pink slip or a golden hand-shake any time, shouldn't employees also be on the lookout for new job opportunities that would be better than the previous one/s? The whole corporate world is fiercely competitive and there's no sagacity in letting the grass grow under one's feet and feel complacent.

Positive bee-Syndrome

Complacency is inimical to career progress and one must keep widening his/her horizons by searching for new companies and exciting portfolios. This is called ' positive bee-syndrome.' A honey-bee visits scores of flowers for its ounce of honey. A job-hopper can be likened to a honey-bee for his/her indomitable urge to change jobs for getting the best or his/her portion of honey. After all, money is honey and the new social dynamics can be defined in terms of money and a tad desirable ruthlessness in approach. It's therefore, wise on the part of youngsters as well as for the seniors to keep finding new meadows to create new landscapes. We all know career dynamics have shifted dramatically over the years.

Gone are Staying for Life Era

Gone are the days when college grads joined a company and stayed for life, rising through the ranks to win that ultimate workplace trophy: the corner office. Workers feel less incentive to stay put. Pensions, in the traditional sense, are virtually obsolete. We’re increasingly paying the price for our employer-sponsored healthcare. Loyalty is no longer about putting in your time, or paying your dues. It’s about providing measurable value and being rewarded for it.

Changing Job is Quality

Corporate culture has changed, and employees are responding to it in the only way that makes sense to them. So stop condemning job-hopping and jump on to the bandwagon. We must remember that a job-hopper carries with him/her a spectrum of experiences and insights because he/she is in a perpetual flux. This is indeed a quality that could be very helpful to an organization. A job-hopper is vastly experienced and a virtual juggler. So, his/her experience is of paramount importance to an organization or a corporate set-up. The famous US job consultant Richard Keys is of the opinion that 'chair-warmers' (US slang for those who are too lazy to search for a new job and is forever happy with his/her existing portfolio; in other words, an unambitious fellow) lack corporate dynamism and are callow in approach and attitude, whereas job-hoppers are always active and their positivism adds to the reputation of the organisation, no matter they leave it shortly for a greater and better opening.

                                   -----Sumit Paul, Pune


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