July 12, 2018
Job-Hopping: How does it affect your career?
Its not uncommon to see employees leaving their current job; and jumping from one job to another is becoming a norm. Take note that this is not limited to millennials who’ve grown up thinking that there’s no such thing as loyalty with employers today. We heard this a lot with the BPO industry before, but it’s becoming more rampant and it’s also affecting other industries already. Job-hopping, generally defined as spending less than two years in a position, but in the Philippines, it’s even less than a year, some employees won’t even stay for a month. One of the most common reasons why employees Job-Hop is that they’re unhappy with their current role or it’s an easier path to a higher salary.
Before you jump into a conclusion and leave your job, make sure you address the point of dissatisfaction your dealing with or what career path do you really want to follow, do you really want to switch roles for more money? There are other factors surrounding this issue, but be cautioned, job-hopping can leave a serious stint on your career and can be a major red flag to other employers.
Employers on average would take at least one to six months to fill-in a vacant position in their company and spend countless hours searching and interviewing potential job applicants, not to mention how many thousands of pesos they are spending to find the right candidate. So why in the world would they hire someone who’s had two or more jobs in a span of 1 to 2 years? On average, it would take a new employee at least 6 months to get accustomed to the company environment, work culture, not to mention, to get up and running with their new job role. The employer also has to invest financially on new employees training’s, office space, uniform if there is one, salary, benefits, and a lot more other expenses. So the common interview question by an employer interviewing a job-hopper would be, “Why should I hire someone who would unlikely stay with the company for more than a year.”
Here are some of the other common reasons why employees are job-hopping and how you can avoid it.
ANOTHER COMPANY GAVE ME A BETTER OFFER
Yes, you might think ‘I’m finally getting paid what I’m worth’. Well it might be true in certain cases, but higher salary offer is a huge incentive that companies use to recruit talents for toxic jobs, the job is so volatile and sometimes hazardous to one’s health. You also have to consider you marketability down the line, other than the monetary incentive, would you gain relevant skills with this new company? If the company works with an outdated system and loses market share to their competition who’s using more advanced tech, you’re going to be in trouble in they suddenly decide to give up. Just like when Nokia lost the race with other Smartphone brands like Apple and Samsung.
Furthermore, you might think that you are underpaid for your current position, have you done your research? There’s a good chance your salary is more than fair based on your experience and qualifications. But if you think that you deserve more, it would make better sense to negotiate before you resign from your post.
I’M NOT GETTING PROMOTED
Newsflash: Just because you want a promotion doesn’t mean you’ll get one. A promotion in a company is very competitive, you are not the only employee wanting to get promoted. There are many factors affecting promotions, and some may vary from one company to another, but it all boils down to one question, ‘Was your work performance enough to earn you that promotion?’ Staying in your current job for a certain length of time won’t earn you that promotion.
If your skill set is only at a certain level, there’s little to no chance that you’d get a better title with another company. It would only make sense to stay with in your current job and learn more skills and earn experience before you jump to another higher job title that you are not ready for.
Now if you think that you are more than qualified to fill in a higher position and it would benefit the company, talk to your boss and push for that promotion, they’re always open to suggestions on how to make the company better. But if you think discussing a counteroffer from another company offering a higher job title would get you that promotion, think again, they may not take kindly as what you would perceive as assertiveness and confidence with your skills and qualifications.
I DON’T LIKE THE PEOPLE I WORK WITH
Every workplace has its equal share of toxic coworkers or sometimes bizarre or even toxic work culture. A common scenario is wherein an employee gets transferred from one department to another. So, you have to work with a new group, but you can’t keep up with their work culture or there’s that one obnoxious colleague that you have to be with in the group. In the end you decide to leave the company instead. Why not try to keep your distance from that obnoxious person instead and try to adapt to the new groups work culture. Or you could ask to be transferred back to your old department or be switched with somebody else who’s a better fit for this group rather than to leave the company.
Don’t assume working elsewhere will help you avoid this kind of scenario. You never know how much worse other work environment would be in other companies.
I DON’T GET ALONG WITH MY BOSS
Do you think working with another boss in a different company would make things better? What if the other company boss is much more of a tyrant than your current one. Try to look at yourself first before you go running off to another company. Maybe you have a history of poor performance and you’ve missed a lot of deadlines so your boss would micromanage you out of distrust. You might complain too much how you have too much work to do. It might be time to re-evaluate your relationship with your boss and try to get on their good side again with a better performance with your job.
THERE NO ROOM FOR GROWTH IN MY CAREER
This would be a perfectly valid reason to leave your job, but only if you have discussed this with your boss. Try sharing your thoughts and feelings, there might be room for improvement on the company side and your issues might be addressed. You never know, your other coworkers might feel the same thing. Companies usually shake things up for their employees by transferring them to other projects where they can progress. Rather than leaving you job and working with another company with the same job role and getting stuck with the same working environment. There would be no sense forcing your self to work everyday in the same job role in another company.
Always remember, before you decide to jump ship and join another company, make sure your reasons for leaving the former won’t follow you in your next job. It pays to stay a little bit longer with your current company and addressing points of dissatisfaction with your job rather than job-hopping from one job to another until you find your comfort zone. You’ll only be wasting time, chances are you just need to put in a little effort on your part to get what you truly deserve.