Out With the Old, In with the New
Posted on June 23, 2012 by TNS Consulting Team (via Scott Spayd)
During a presentation from a graduate of my masters program last year, the presenter told us something that caught my attention. He said in today’s world, the average person will have 6 or 7 different jobs at different organizations.
I am in the generation that will be most impacted by this statistic, yet I have watched my own parents stay at organizations for lengthy periods of time. How do we change our train of thinking about changing jobs when we were conditioned to believe staying at an organization for an extended period is commendable?
When anyone is looking for a job, there are certain components of the “new position” that desired. Maybe someone wants more responsibility and control or maybe a career transition is the reason for the new job. Younger people tend to look at employment as a series of opportunities. They want to get more out of their jobs and want their organizations to give back as well.
When asked about their organization during our panel study, 20% of employees 20 years old and younger reported feeling that their organization provides them the opportunity for development and growth while 69% of employees ages 20-29 reported opportunity for growth within their organization. Because young professionals are drawn toward developing their careers, it is important for organizations to take advantage of employees’ desires to better themselves.
No longer is our economy based on practices of old. Instead, there has been a major shift in the workforce and individual careers. To retain top young professionals, organizations must let go of “the way things used to be” and rise to the new way.