Phrases like ‘I’ve been in this company for 30 years’ or ‘it’s the first time this has happened in this office since I joined 20 years ago’ are on their way to becoming real rarities. Labor mobility – widely assumed abroad for a long time – is gaining strength in Spain, especially among the ‘millennials’, who are the great champions of the so-called ‘job hopping’ or what is the same, go ‘jumping’ from job to job voluntarily. The Harvard Business Review quantified the average stay of a ‘job hopper’ in a company in two years. And 75% of them claimed to be always open to change.
Why don’t they last too long in one position? If they are not comfortable or their role does not meet their expectations, they have less qualms than previous generations to leave: the idea of retiring in a company after spending a lifetime there is no longer a priority. And this can be a problem for companies, which They have started using business strategies to retain them, especially the most talented, the most coveted .
“We must design ‘ad hoc’ policies that strengthen job hoppers’ sense of belonging, offering them an attractive and participatory place to work. According to our study ‘Covid-19 Global Impact’, 61% of Spanish employees between 25 and 34 years old ask to feel more understood by their company, and it is something in which we have to continue working -explains Ana Romeo, director of Human Resources of the insurer Cigna Spain-. It is important to motivate them and offer them the possibility of growth in the company ”.
To do this, according to Romeo, human resources departments seek, among other things, to offer them challenges so that they ‘grow’ in their career. “They tend to be more results-oriented and that is exactly what they demand of their company: policies with which to feel good and grow as professionals,” he points out. It is important that they find career plans in which they identify themselves how far they want to go and thus retain his talent.
Time, money and contacts
The old idea that a resume with a lot of content in the section of previous work experiences has gone down in history is a bad sign. Before, businessmen tended to think: ‘Wow, bad if you don’t hold out or they don’t hold out for a long time’. Now, many times it is a sign of the opposite, of restlessness and professional worth, although other times it continues to reveal a poorly settled head and an aimless itinerary, so the selection of personnel has to be wise to retain the good prototype of ‘job hopper ‘. What companies do not want is to lose an employee in whom they have invested time and money and who already has useful contacts.
“At first glance, it might seem that hiring this type of talent could be counterproductive, since in a certain period of time they will break the link with their companies and the investment in their development within the company could not be justified if they are going to leave. the organization. However, nothing could be further from the truth. To begin with, you must highlight your project mentality when taking on a job, as well as results orientation. Don’t confuse ambition with lack of commitment. Quite the opposite. For them, each job is a step in their future prospects, which will lead them to offer high levels of productivity and involvement, “says Paulina Rascón, Director of Human Resources at Intrum, a credit and asset management company present in 25 countries.
As Rascón argues, the passage of the ‘job hoppers’ through different companies gives them “a much broader, renewed and updated vision of the trends set by the market”, among many other benefits. Come on, they carry with them a ‘backpack’ of knowledge acquired here and there. In addition, the investment in these employees will be much lower because “they are a profile that, by itself, is already concerned with constantly improving their knowledge and skills, without the need for the company to invest in their training.”
Qualities of good job hoppers
having gone through several jobs makes them adapt easily and learn quickly.
experience also helps them get along with colleagues and work as a team
having gone through various jobs, they have already developed their own ‘methodology’ to organize themselves. They do not start from scratch.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.