Before you start reading this blog post, could I request everyone to ask themselves these questions:
- How long do you foresee yourselves to stay with one company?
- Do you think job-hopping is crucial for career progression?
- What do you perceive the company you are working (or going to work) at as?
Before reading the case of “The Ordinary Heroes of the Taj” (or rather even before I read this module), my answer to the question above may be very similar to most of the Millennials out there. I didn’t foresee myself to serve a company for more than five years and I did think that job-hopping somewhat leads to career progress (as one would only choose to change to a job with a better prospect). I thought that I might feel attached to my colleagues but not so much to the company.
Most of my friends as well as most of the Millennials share the same view. According to “Multiple Generations @ Work” survey of 1,189 employees and 150 managers conducted by the Future Workplace, 91% of Millennials expect to stay in a job for less than three years. I think this phenomenon is very real. Unlike our parent generation (Gen X) which most of them stay loyal with their company for more than twenty years, we (the Millennials) are constantly changing our jobs. For instance, whenever my friends and I are discussing about our future career path, many think that it would be hard to imagine and almost impossible for them to stay at the same job for more than five years. They explained that the job might become like a routine which is no longer challenging and interesting. They would also wish to explore different jobs when they are young to widen their horizon.
Undeniably, I guess being too realistic also explains why the Millennials choose to change job. Once I heard a story from my friend. She has a friend (A) who was interning at a company during one of the semester break. A was in a dilemma of whether to quit the internship 1 month early, reasoning being A felt that he/she had already learnt everything from the boss and he/she would not learn any new things if he/she continues to stay till the end of the internship. I was rather shocked upon hearing this story. This made me think and wonder, what does the work place mean to that friend A? Is it a place to nurture learning and gain experiment and friendship? Or is it just merely a platform for one to extract knowledge and go? I wonder where that friend A places loyalty and commitment at.
I have no idea of what was A’s final decision. However, if you were A, what will you do?
While job-hopping essentially is not incorrect and is not unethical, it still poses a large challenge to the management of the company. What can company do to retain the talents? I think most importantly the company should build a strong organizational culture. Even though most, if not all companies have their own mission and vision statement, employees are often unable to relate or align their own vision with the company’s vision. Or employees are unable to feel a sense of identity in the company. To solve the first situation, company could hire employees with matching values. For the second situation, it is more complicated and requires the company to organize more company-wide bonding events and to keep reiterating its vision and mission. Vision and mission of the company should be effectively inculcated in every day’s work or interactions.
Future Workplace LLC (2012). Multiple Generations @ Work. http://futureworkplace.com/wp-content/uploads/MultipleGenAtWork_infographic.pdf. Last accessed on 28 March 2015
Jeanne Merister (2012). Job Hopping Is the ‘New Normal’ for Millennials: Three Ways to Prevent a Human Resource Nightmare. http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeannemeister/2012/08/14/job-hopping-is-the-new-normal-for-millennials-three-ways-to-prevent-a-human-resource-nightmare/. Last accessed on 28 March 2015.