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Job Hopping

People used to frown on hopping from job to job, some still do.

If you were a job nomad, potential employers would probably overlook you. The biggest question would be why you couldn’t hold down a job?

Today that mindset is often viewed as outdated.

With the rise in LinkedIn and even Facebook it is easy to see that switching jobs every few years is the new norm nowadays.

A recent employment survey conducted by Accountemps only confirms this.

The Menlo Park, Calif.- based global temp staffing firm found that 57 percent of workers between the ages of 18 and 34 think changing jobs often is good for your career.

Meanwhile, the older workers Accountemps polled aren’t clinging to old beliefs on long-term employer loyalty as much as you’d expect. Still, they don’t seem eager to throw their arms around job hopping either, with only 38 percent of professionals between the ages of 35 and 54 surveyed viewing frequently changing jobs as beneficial.

 

So is this a growing trend linked to the new workforce?

And why is this?

Is this because we don’t offer many loyalty schemes to entice our employees to stay loyal anymore?

 

16 years ago when I worked for a large magazine company once you had passed your probation period you were given £200 in company shares. Ok this is not a massive amount, but it was a small incentive to stay with the company and work hard. A Christmas bonus was awarded to the best performing department in the slacker months of advertising and work parties were open to partners and a proper party, not just sitting in the local restaurant getting drunk.

 

The decline in people staying a job for life is possibly indicative of the times.

 

Now with everything changing every few minutes, latest phone, latest TV, latest clothing, best deal on everything is it any surprise that the younger employees are always on the lookout and ready for the next best job?

 

But what about the cost to the company?

For a new employee there is the cost of training, the money lost on the “breaking in” period where they are learning the job, let alone the money and time spent actually looking for the new employee in the fist place!

 

So although it may be good for the employees to job hop and endlessly role onto that next better opportunity but in the long run is this at the detriment to our workforce and companies spend so much endlessly refilling the positions?