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Stay, don't hop!
While job hopping was considered a fad till recently, professionals are now realising the benefits of being stable in an organisation and choosing to stay where they are
Working in one or two organisations for our entire career span is something that Indians are used to. We have seen our parents and grandparents do the same and till recently, this was considered to be a norm. Nonetheless, the job graph in the past one decade has seen a lot of variations. While a larger section of employees still remain faithful to their organisations by sticking on for a larger part of their careers, there has been a considerable improvement in the number of employees who have preferred to job hop to improve avenues at work. They also seem to get a considerable push every time they change their jobs, bringing them ahead of their counterparts who chose to remain stable.
While an increasing number of employees are resorting to job-hopping in recent years to climb higher up the professional ladder, a large chunk of professionals still remains under the dilemma as to whether job hopping is the best way to ensure financial and professional growth. Neesha Mohapatra, director of human resources, JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar, talks about what is the best approach between the two, “Every organisation has evolved nowadays with an understanding that their employees are their strategic business partners. They help them in being flexible and create new processes so that every generation can adapt to new situations. As the company evolves, the associates have more opportunity for learning and growth. Also, being stable within an organisation to become its pillar of strength will help any employee achieve his/her success better.”
It goes without saying that the individual should get into career options which interest him/her. This not only keeps one's interest in his/her profile intact, but also helps to be more stable. SV Nathan, senior director and chief talent officer for the Deloitte US Firms in India, echoes this viewpoint, "It is best to stick to an organisation and grow within it. Three things are important in any person's career – creating value for the organisation, and self, and feeling valued. Value creation happens over longer stints and in the early part of the career, it is not easily recognised. With time, one acquires stature and gravitas. The only time one must look outside is when one feels a loss of being valued by an organisation. And, it can happen when the individual experiences a lack of growth. This is when they should make a change. However, this should always be once the person has given time for value osmosis to occur.”
With evolving minds and an urge to grow, millennials are more susceptible to frequent job changes. Nonetheless, it is important to consider the possibilities of one's current position. Anil Sachdev, founder & CEO of The School of Inspired Leadership, insists that these are two critical factors to ensure long-term success. “In case, one is not learning anything new and is doing the same thing over and over again, it could be a good reason to reconsider the place that they are in. However, moving jobs for monetary increments or role changes is certainly slated only for short-term success. For success in the long term, it is important see an organisation through the growth cycle and contribute to its long-term vision,” he asserts.
With frequent job-hopping becoming a fad amongst most professionals in the last decade, it seems that people are coming back to the old, tested and tried methods of professionalism, and are only considering a job change in case their present workplace is not providing them any growth in terms of exposure, vertical growth, work-life balance and financial benefits.
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