Employer & Employee Loyalty

Employer & Employee Loyalty

 6 Sep 2018

It’s 2018 and most people would probably agree that the “job for life” days are behind us.  Whilst this may be true, rightly or wrongly, many people aren’t looking to be with the same company for life anymore.  Indeed, when I look through the last ten people I have connected with on LinkedIn they have, on average, worked for 2.6 different companies in the last 5 years.  I would argue that that this average isn’t shocking and is widely accepted in this day and age but having said that there are still many employers that see this as a lack of employee loyalty and consequently reject otherwise strong candidates. 
 
The current employment market appears to be a candidate market and, in a climate, where offshoring jobs and laying people off is a daily practice you could argue that generally there appears to be a lack of employer loyalty. 
So where does this leave those that are looking for a new job? How can you market yourself if you have started with a company and within the first couple of months you realise the culture isn’t really a good fit for you?  Should you quit or go for other positions or should you wait at least a year before making the move?
 
It is a tough question to answer and indeed many companies that are perhaps larger or older still look down on “job hopping” candidates as a risk whereas start up’s or newer companies are more flexible and seem to get the state of play in today’s market.  I would argue that both companies and candidates should be looking for culture / team fit more than anything else when choosing which company to work for or which candidate to employ. The chances are if you have had 3 jobs in the past 5 years you will probably not fit in well within an older corporate structure but may fit perfectly well within an agile start up, likewise, if you have been with a company for 25 years and make a move to a more transient work place it may be a bit of culture shock and you should think deeply about whether this is indeed what you are looking for.
 
On a personal level, I prefer to be part of a good team over and above everything else. Knowing that you will be supported when you need it and brought back down to ground when you need it is paramount to enjoying your working experience.  Camaraderie, good leadership, communication and identified goals are all key elements in building a good team. 
 
 

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