A certain trend that seems to be favoring the young candidates is job hopping in the pursuit of ‘better incentives’ and to ‘boost earnings.’ The mindset often being to gain a certain amount of experience and then start looking for greener pastures. But how often is too often and what happens when you stick around with a company as a long term employee?
This article aims to highlight the reasons why long term commitment at your workplace can work in your favor.
Short term gains rather than long term goals: It could be damaging to your career to switch from one job to another every so often as your resume will tend to demonstrate an employment history which speaks of your approach towards your career as fickle and short-lived. On the other hand, consistent progress reflects better. It shows an employer that you know how to work hard on a sustained basis.
Redefining growth mindset: It is not very ideal to evaluate your growth only on the basis of your position in the company and how quickly you reach there. A fuller and wider perspective demands growth in all areas – your expertise, skill and constant updation of knowledge will ensure promotions and incentives within the company and save a host of unnecessary hassles that comes with moving into a new environment.
Live the vision: Every company holds dear its vision and mission statements. When as an employee you contribute to that goal, you are inadvertently opening yourself to opportunities that guarantee optimum growth and success. If you feel passionately about the values and the mission of the company, you can repeatedly draw from it to stay motivated and charged. Such integral involvement proves beneficial to both the company as well as the candidate who believes in going that extra mile.
Solid Knowledge Base: An employee who has been with the company for a long time knows the ins and outs of the company, its culture and its products or services. You are aware of the challenges as well as successes. By performing your jobs routinely over the years, you are more than able to provide exceptional customer service and avoid the pitfalls that can cost companies tens of thousands of dollars if not more. To accumulate this kind of expertise one needs to stick around long enough to let it make a visible impact on their career graph.
Transparency: Be transparent. Help employers to understand your expectations and be open minded in discussing your reasons for them. Additionally, set solid business objectives and achieve those targets consistently in order to be fairly rewarded. It is the input of your ability that determines tangible rewards.
Stability: You develop a reputation of dependability and loyalty, and build strong, long-lasting relationships. There are certain benefits reserved only for long-term employees such as sabbaticals, pensions, education benefits, etc. And it is easier to manage your work-life balance.
In essence, it is not necessary to always hop around from company to company just because your peers are doing so. While it may bring you short-term gains, it may be more beneficial in the longer run to stay committed to a single organization.