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Created by : Sonam Kapoor, Software Developer, IBM  | 01 20 2010 13:01:51 +0000
Industry : Human Resources (HR) ConsultingFunctional Area : Talent Management(People Management)
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In a quest to climb the corporate ladder, Gen X has no qualms about quitting jobs for fatter pay cheques and lucrative positions. Sticking to one organisation for years together is pass and even four jobs in less than two years no longer raises eyebrows for many.

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Gone are the days when employees used to stay loyal for nearly 5-10 years and some did the job there almost till retirement, but now its hard to see people stay in a organization for a mere year. So what do you think people, Is constant Job hopping the new mantra for success? share your views.

 
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I think yes, job hopping helps as it helps you learn diverse skills and know more about your industry. One may not be able to gain diverse experience if they stick to one job for way too long. But it's important to consider factors like growth prospects, learning and advancement opportunities, apart from the company's performance record in order to take a wise decision. There's no rule for changing jobs as it's an personal choice. However, there must be a minimum time you should spend with a company, ideally 2-3 years, and not like one is changing 4 jobs in the span of 2 years as it will not help your reputation in future.


By Sonam Kapoor, Software Developer, IBM  01 20 2010 13:01:51 +0000
 
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Having hired and fired for almost 15 years now, hoppers as we call them, are not as loved in the business arena in the US as one would think. Spending a fortune in training , then having that trainee use those skills to replace you ? Loyalty, honor and commitment still stands for something in business, well to some of us , at least.

I would definetly not recomment "job hopping" as one will reduce the avenue and doors that open , due to being possibly thinking your flighty, a securty risk, or worse, a temp taking a real job away from someone else who will be there hell or high water.

What would you value more , a warm body or a loyal employee?

 

 

 

 


By Ted Green, President, GHz Wireless  01 20 2010 13:28:36 +0000
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Ghalib interesting argument, I completely agree with you. Job hopping continues because it is the human nature. What you said is true, man gets satisfies only when his life is ended. 


By Jayant Vishnu, Art Director/Sr Art Director, Creative  | 02 03 2010 12:33:27 +0000
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Dear Sonam,

I also agree with your Idea, but being loyal to the company also attract many incentives which the company might offer in the due course of time. But my view is that  a person should atleast work for 8-10 years in an organization instead of hopping in 3 years. There is always good scope of learning new things as everything is available on wire, new trends can discovered, discussed ( one like toostep). What comes at last is that honesty, loyalty and trust worthiness lasts long


By Rajesh Yerra, Sales Executive/Officer, GRT Hotels & Resorts  | 01 24 2010 09:33:44 +0000
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yes, I am giving you a geniune reason to all of you as following.

1 Like Narayan Murthy had said love your job, not your company because you never know when your company stop loving you. In the same line love yourself and your family needs more than the company needs. companies keep coming and going family remains same. Make money for yourself first simultaneously make money for company, not  the other way arround.

2 when your company did well its ceo or manager will address the entire company by saying well done guys,  it is your company keep up the hard work and when slow down occur the same ceo etc. says this is my company and I have to take tough decision including asking people to go for. so first think first about your financial stability before laid off, your kids will complain to you not your boss

you all know that there is a recession in every 7-8 years gap period so always try to make yourself financially strong for that recession period and make yourself debt free  e.g. emi of your car, housing loan etc.


By Amit Kumar Bondwal, System Administerator, NEXGEN Financial Solutions Pvt. Ltd.  | 01 23 2010 10:18:54 +0000
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Job hopping as it is called, should not be done for monetary gain only. There are times when you think that a job is right for you, but you later realize that you are caught in a rut over something that you do not enjoy. Is it then right for you to continue being a loyal employee and remain with the job. If not, then a solution could be to move parallel within the Organization, but that usually spoils your standing within the Organization, as you would have moved while not doing a good job in your previous assignment.

At a time like this, it is better to change the Organization, but then you should be careful of what you choose and if you really wish to get into the next one. As it should not happen that you get bored of the new job also and want to hop again, as then definitely there is something which is wrong with you and any person recruiting you should be able to notice the lack of commitment and concentration.

My advice would be, do the best in the job you are in, and if you do not reap the benefits or are satisfied with what you are doing - ask for an internal transfer. If that does not also satisfy, then change, but do it with due diligence.


By Gagneet Singh, Technical Lead, Yahoo!, Inc.  | 01 22 2010 17:58:56 +0000
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Yes , right Sonam .This is the Mantra, by this definately you learn new things to grow yourself.


By R.K.MALHOTRA , country head  | 01 22 2010 11:57:47 +0000
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I have changed as many as dozens times in last more than 30 years, while I feel sticking to one and the only one stagnates oneself and robs you of diversity, learning, challenge and newness ... it should/must be done judiciously and intelligently for the sake of betterment, growth and expansion in perspective in experience and then it can be an enjoying and elevating experience not otherwise, where one changes for negative reasons ... Also, it is an exercise to find one's best fit and there is nothing wrong in hopping and when it is achieved one can be breathing as easy as possible ...


By anup bagla, M.Phil student @ AHRD and Consultant / Specialist - Process & Environment, Energy Conservation & Sustainability, Stanley Consultants I P Ltd. (On Assignment basis)  | 01 22 2010 09:48:45 +0000
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Constant job gives  more opportunity to work without pressure in known industrial climate.If a person is hiring & firing, he has no chance to prove himself in short period of time.and whenever he change his job always there is a diff. climate in diff. industries. See here there is no mean that u r earning more then u r the most successful person.


By pinkeshkumar , M.E/M.Tech/MS student, M S U BARODA  | 01 22 2010 07:48:20 +0000
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Yes Sonam,I agree, a job switch should enhance / add diversity to skill one's sets,among other benefits...

Also did read that one does not change a job, but takes a career decision...

Also reminds me of the pitfalls of frequent job changes : a rolling stone gathers no moss..

 


By Vinay Bhide, AGM- Operations  | 01 21 2010 14:19:45 +0000
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I am support to your debate because job hopping is gives a new idea to corporate world


By piyush kant singh, content writer, Freelance writing  | 01 21 2010 13:24:51 +0000
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Sonam, you are absolutely right and to put your view points in my words, every job that we take up is nothing but an apprenticeship for the next. Sometimes, you do not need different ladders to be THERE, but sometimes you need them....3 years is definitely a good time with a company and we can look at some more years if the same ladder is leaning on egalitarianism, perfomance driven etc rather than on nepotism and bias etc.  


By zion , Account Executive, Sonata Software Limited  | 01 21 2010 12:37:50 +0000
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Well friends ,talking about your.......so called Job Hopping....... the case of it being right or wrong is very much dependant on the circumstances ........it is completely judged in case where the employer is unable to provide the expected infrastructure be it the Environment,Salary or the challenging job profile .....as Gone are the days when the power was with the employer only.....nowadays if you are star performer in your Domain......u are forever in demand...while changing the Jobs just becoz your collleagues r doing it ....is foolishness...as in a new Company u need to start from scratch  all over again.....


By SAURABH THAKUR, SOFTWARE TEST ENGINEER, QA InfoTech  | 01 21 2010 12:01:39 +0000
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Disagree with Ted; if i am not wrong he has not taken the contents of the debated article completely...The question is job hopping that too quite frequently within a span of couple of years....that certainly is not healthy.... ....But Ted's stress is not to go for job hopping .... he has not shown enough depth in his meaning.........

Just tell me who has not gone for job hopping in one's career ............

 


By Manish Grover, Account Manager , Impressico Business Solutions Pvt Ltd  | 01 21 2010 10:19:05 +0000
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    yes... i agree with u .....................     "Like Narayan Murthy had said “ love your job and not your company because you never know when your company will stop loving you. In the same lines, love yourself and your family needs more than the company's needs. Companies can keep coming and going; family will always remain the same. Make money for yourself first and simultaneously make money for the company, not the other way around."


By ramya , fresher  | 01 21 2010 09:11:23 +0000
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THE only WORRY is  changing 4 jobs in the span of 2 years..........unless until some exceptional reasons surface out ......otherwise that also shows your poor selection as a job seeker......


By Manish Grover, Account Manager , Impressico Business Solutions Pvt Ltd  | 01 21 2010 08:40:04 +0000
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job hopping is also benefitial for the employer as the employee uses his skills and techniqs and some new stratagies towards the growth of the company from the previous companies in order to get the scope . Hence through job hopping both the employer and the employee are mutually benifited


By Abhinandan Melavanki, Civil Engineer-Other, Feedback Ventures  | 01 21 2010 06:36:31 +0000
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I will support YES.

This is the mantra for people in corporate but I don’t agree with that its new mantra in corporate world. It’s been there from starting but wasn’t visible as it is now. The reason could be that we had no such professional or social sites where now people share job posts and people apply for them. No one is satisfied and I am sure will never get satisfied in any job. this is the reason people are being job Hooper to get better salary, position or work but whatever you get you will still seek other position as its human nature to never get satisfied... the day we get satisfied that is the end of life...

Thanks


By ghalib nomani, Marketing, Lerros Fashions  | 01 21 2010 06:09:12 +0000
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You arte right Sonam. Still their are organizations where people are still doing work to the span of ten or fifteen years.reason thgey are comfortable wit5h their saleries and pushing on, dont want another knowledge or experience.The way you have explained is correct. I totally agree.

 

 


By R.K.MALHOTRA , country head  | 01 21 2010 05:10:51 +0000
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Changing your job is not a new phenomenon. It is happening, and it will continue to happen. Jobs galore and so do the opportunities. Job rolling is frequent shuffling between jobs. This is primarily seen as negative trend amongst job industry today. Job hop activity marks the prelude of subjective intention of rising up straight without actually considering the stability factor in mind. Every individual tends to market himself/herself as a commodity in a job market, and this commodification makes an individual a product to be sold in a market. The trend of hopping jobs is prevalent in IT- ITeS sector most. However, other sectors like retail, banking and hospitality are also witnessing the same trend. Not only are freshers changing jobs frequently, but senior professionals are also increasingly falling in the trap of job hopping. Willingly, senior professionals with excellent credentials are changing jobs more frequently than ever before.

Some of the common reasons for hoping jobs as quoted by job hoppers include dissatisfaction with the job, lack of challenging work, stagnation or less pay. A survey revealed that 24 per cent of the graduates from premier B-schools like IIMs, XLRI and Narsee Monjee quit their first jobs within 12 months of being hired. The eye-popping fat salaries appear to be one of the main reasons for their resignations.

As Dr. Gopalkrishnan, Chairman, TATA Sons., has said, after a long stint, there always comes a time for moving in most organizations, but it is important to move for the right reasons, rather than superficial ones, like money, designation or an overseas trip. Job hopping today is considered an important part of career development. But, there is a big dilemma about where to draw the line, i.e. how long is too long or how short is too short? Also, how long can the hop last? Career experts opine that staying around for 2-4 years is ideal. Also, every job move deserves careful consideration and planning. While monetary increase is often a valid reason to change jobs, one should realize that work environment, long term career prospects, colleagues and company culture are equally important factors in determining an ideal job. It should be a mature decision carefully charted out after properly weighing varied factors like current job satisfaction, challenges, career development, company image, benefits and growth prospects. One should consider the suitability of whole package rather than being blindfolded with short term benefits.


By Ameet Ranjan, Regional HR - North India, Maclellan Integrated Services India Pvt Ltd  | 01 21 2010 04:50:55 +0000
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jOB HOPPING is a way of improving one's career only under certain conditions. It can, if handled badly, ruin one's career also. For example when i interview either for myself or for my clients, i dont encourage candates who have too many under 2 years stints in quick succession. After all there are 2 sides to the story - the first you need to stay at least 2 to 3 years to get some significant experience under your belt that will stand up to verifications (most employers check on the CV now). The second is that the organization also enefits from your stay. People who change jobs all too frequently, I have found, are either highly egotistical (cant get along with others) or insecure in their competence. Of course there are genuine cases where an employer makes it difficult for an employee to stick around. such cases are usually obvious on slight investigation. 

 

Yes, it is a good mantra provided the employee's competence is well and clearly established in every job he undertakes. That takes typically a couple of years or more. The job hopping needs to be carefully managed.


By RAMESH KANDADAI, Principal Consultant, ARM Consultants  | 01 21 2010 03:43:48 +0000
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True to large extent


By Vijay Kumar Gupta, Vice President, Bharat Seats Limited  | 01 21 2010 03:15:56 +0000
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Absolutely! Let's look at it from another angle. Organizations these days are top heavy, which means the CEO's and management get the cream of the benefits.They are the one's who have really lent a precedent, by thinking short term. They know that they have got a few years to remain on the top, and so work out great severance packages. In two to three years, they do what they can and are gone...taking a big chunk out of the company's moolah. Why should they then expect employees to stick around forever?

These days we also see employees being fired when there's a downturn or even at the whim of their bosses. So the message that organisations are sending out to employees is that however good you are unless we do really well as a business, you can be next on the chopping block. If the company cannot be loyal to the employee, why should the employee not be able to make a choice and fire the company he or she works for?

Here's something else which prompts employees to seek greener pastures. If a new employee joins a company at a much higher wage than a current employee in the same position, whatever arguments the company uses to convince older employees otherwise, this is demoralizing to existing employees, and bites away...so if a competitor offers a better deal, why not grab it?

In conclusion it's a dog-eat-dog corporate environment, and if you have t be stressed, work late, suck up to your bosses and do whatever it takes to be employed, you may as well play the game to your benefit.


By Farhad Khurshed, Founder, Copywriting-Results  | 01 21 2010 00:33:26 +0000
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I agree with Sonam and would say Job hopping is not only changing your job but accepting the challenges in everyday market and working with new people and also accepting the challenge for new skills, Those who are stuck to one job for long dont have the skills to face the interview and challenges in new Job, As seen always a new Job means new people new ways of working but if you are really skillfull you can survive in any job and after few years you will be well know in your Respective career.


By SAMEER BARDE, Senior Consultant, Infosys Technologies Ltd, USA  | 01 20 2010 19:31:08 +0000
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Yes, Sonam I agree with you. Job hopping is in line with the requirements of the present times. 4-5 years is the time one has to plan for a shift.  Career's have to be planned these days as  a Project except that these have switch time in stead of a finish time.  One has to monitor based on personal priorities and there should not be a regret once the priorities are fixed. With the change in time certain actions may seem to be out of place, but they should be evaluated against the conditions under which these decisions were taken. By any considerations one must be in control of his career graph by a constant review .


By Prakash R Patil, Consultant APM, Maltauro Spencon Stirling jv Ltd Dar es Salaam Tanzania  | 01 20 2010 15:43:13 +0000
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Yes, Sonam i agree with you. Job hopping is justified in the present times.  The times have changed and a change in 4-5 years might be just in line. Staying too long with an organisation may fetch a good reputation but need not be in one's the interest in the long run. Unless the employer is at a certain level of understanding, the employee stands to loose. So it is better for one self to judge based on his or her personal priorities to shift based on preferences to suit the situation. It is time to monitor careers as any other Project for the best results. Only in this case there is no specific finish time only an opportune switch time. To know what one wants to be and work to get at it.


By Prakash R Patil, Consultant APM, Maltauro Spencon Stirling jv Ltd Dar es Salaam Tanzania  | 01 20 2010 15:16:41 +0000
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In corporate sector is constant job hopping the new idea for succsess because its tell about corporate world development


By piyush kant singh, content writer, Freelance writing  | 01 20 2010 14:12:35 +0000
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Yeah Sonam, would probably agree with you on the job hopping mantra as such...Reasons confined to unlimited exposure, probably learn something new and adapt to different working and functioning styles, harnessing of skills...etc.....All said and done it should be a well measured jump and not vice versa; like spending a certain period of calculated time with the organisation including giving it a cent percent at the same time for all the right reasons ranging right from a smooth exit, intact rep, a fair degree of creditabality in the market and of course career based reasons...and not greed (monetary)...Well its a frequent modern day phenomenon as certain sectors of recruitment & staffing firms would read into the individuals current ability and future contribution based on previous experience that would come along them.


By Wayne-Russell Macedo, Freelance Writer (Content/SME & Legal) & Law Student , Anonymous Dec 2010 – To date  | 01 20 2010 14:11:39 +0000
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Well, This hopping tendency of employees can create a caution on employers to give maximum benefits to their employees. This can further fuel the present economy growth tendency in India. But overall we should analyse the human behavior and tendency. There are total 7 types of human on the earth by character In the seven types basically there are fixed and changeable characters. Those human with changeable characters will keep hopping form one to another. but the fixed characters will remain in a place and continue till no other alternative.


By George Varghese, Proprietor, Jecyees  | 01 20 2010 13:53:41 +0000
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When we talk about job hopping we need to consider various factors. The most important about all of them is desire. Everybody has some hope from an organization and when their desire and reality are incompatible, they are inspired to hop. Moreover, although it is considered a bad sign, there are people who often hop jobs but still are very productive. I think we need to ascertain the factors and then decide. 

I personally feel since people do job hopping for growth, it should be considered a positive attitude. However, people won't hop jobs if their organization offers enough opportunities and good responsibilities.


By Probir Banerjee, Freelancer  | 01 20 2010 13:50:17 +0000
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In my opinion, it will depend on individuals expectations from a job. If someone is keen to learn in an organisation and the organisation does not support it, he will definitely hop around for a better learning opportunities. On the other hand, for people who are not keen as keen to learn and if the organisation is happy with it so long they get just adequate output from such employee, employee will definitely not hop for other job for the reason of complacency. I guess it is quite subjective whether one wants to stay with the current job or wants to hop around. But it has been observed in IT industry that employee do change the job frequently and might go to one's competitor for better package. Your comments please.


By Sachin Jadhav, MBA/PGDM student, Bharathidasan Institure of management, Trichy  | 01 20 2010 13:39:47 +0000
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As it can be only for short period of time once you  move up in your organization your stability counts a Lot.


By abhishekkatiyar , Sr. Market Research Executive, CSS Corp  | 01 20 2010 13:31:16 +0000
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It may work well in lower or middle management but you cannot be a rolling stone for senior management.


By Harish Kumar, Sharepoint Consultant, Microsoft India (R&D)  | 01 20 2010 13:18:46 +0000
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Hi Rajesh,

Yes job hopping is not a good thing to do, but staying in an organization for 8-10 years is only attractive, if the employee sees a constant growth opportunity in the organization and there is no stagnation at any point.

If the employee sees that there is no further growth even after 3 yrs in the company, the employee can think of hopping to another job.

Remember - there are people who job hopp not just for fatter pay check, but also for a growth (though the count could be few).

 

Bottomline - there is growth in the company, there is no harming continuing in the same company and planing retirement from there.


By Anirudh R Menon, Manager - Global Software Sales  | 01 28 2010 07:35:12 +0000
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I don't believe that  job hopping is the new mantra for success.If we love our profession, our work and also do work with passion and dedication then also we can get success.There is great scope of learning in only one field.Most of us are not able to get the full knowledge of only single field.By switching jobs we can not satisfy our self . Now this is a point of discussion what companies should do so that their employees should not be get bored in the organization by their work.


By Mohit Trivedi, Game Developer in Emantras  | 01 25 2010 18:43:36 +0000
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Frequent use of "job hopping" .. may bring success ? Cant say. Might be this has become a craze in new generation... !!  If so .... judge the following with care

  1. everytime you loose ur 'seniority'
  2. U loose your past credits
  3. U loose ur credibilty
  4. U loose ur clients / suppliers / vendors / friends
  5. U r to share confidentail data of ur past Co. that with the new one
  6. U loose ur Loyalty bonus, where applicable
  7. Everytime a set of co-workers and a new PF A/c
  8. Loose ur Gratuity.. ... and so on. BUT, for the sake of competation, HRD in Corporates may agree to anything, wrong or right. Should this last long - NASCOM may prepare a common data base of the total work-force .. been completed ?

By ASOKE KUSARI, Domestic Private Banking-Executive/Manager, A large leading PSU Bank - India  | 01 24 2010 15:18:33 +0000
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Continue ...

P.S. i have also mentioned about Employer's role in this situation of Job Hopping for a simple reason that everyone seems to be pointing out the mistakes of an employee because he is changing jobs very frequently but lets find the root cause of this. its not always about the packages. sometimes its politics played in the organization, sometimes it is unsatisfied employee no job satisfaction, no escalation levels, closed door policies! Confusion of what to do. And yes another point i missed out was the multitasking. Today, everyone (employers) expect their employee to do multitasking and produce the same result what he used to produce previously. now, from the employer's perspective, he wants to cut cost (but wants to earn as much as he was earning before? think about it). cutting cost in the right manner is good but overloading your employees and burning them out before time, its gonna affect you and the industry in the future. stress, depression, overworked, no social life, constant hammering just kills the enthusiasm of the employee to do something for the company. the zest he came in with is all dead because he is not doing what he wanted to do. So Please, think on both sides instead of just employee faults. i wasn an employee once and i was a mass employer and i am an employer, i definitely know what i am talking about. and i am sure everyone here knows what i am talking about just that it is not put in words in the argument.

Thanks & Regards


By Ashish Gandhi, CEO/MD/Director, Creative Director, PostBox Communications  | 01 24 2010 10:31:05 +0000
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Well, i beg to differ the debaters here!

i think it may be a new mantra in the current generation but i dont think its good for a long term goal. BUT yet again, its solely upto the management to find that right candidate and nurture him to the success to be in the company forever (dont worry, its just a phrase :). but if i am satisfied with what i do in the company and given my freedom of thoughts and work i wouldnt mind staying there forever.).

Today, the management seeks result in a very short time and someone who brings in that result (not ethically may be. and i say this from experiences that i have had with my sales forces previously!) is the most favorite and is paid good amount of money! as soon as he gets that good amount of money he starts talking to other companies about his pay raise and try to get a better pay raise somewhere else, and if he finds it, he is gone! these days no one even wants to serve a notice period as a matter of fact. but all these are short term gains. (unless the guy wants to gain the experience of all kinds and start off his own stuff). today if i find a person hopping so much i am not sure if i should be taking him at the higher level or not because tomorrow he can leak my sensitive data/information to my competitors before leaving and after joining (i mentioned that in bold because today, ethics are not really practiced, both by management and employee, because of which no one really cares if he is doing any unethical thing to get a new job.) (you would find sales guys will pass on the leads to other companies, and the companies higher the experienced sales guys to get their leads and contacts)

so its more like a war out there instead of a fair play! so i guess its all in the game. but this way according to me, the top management will start shrinking and company expansions will start being restricted because of the unavailability of the trusted manpower.

 

its not only candidate but even the employer's fault in bringing up this situation, and this is not just India ;). everywhere else its the same story, because all are moving way too fast trying to beat the time barrier and trying to win the race.

one mistake and you are out of the company. there is so much of pressure on the employee to perform that they cant think of ethics right now, they have to just keep moving and "by hook or crook" get things done. that may involve stepping onto someone and moving on up the ladder.

its like this, if you need that right person to grow, let it grow slow and steady at his own pace and nurture him right. he will be with you for life. its simple like a plant, it has its own pace to grow at, if you try artificial additives for it to grow ahead of its time than you would always have artificially sweetened fruits and never find the natural taste ever. but if it grows naturally and if you nurture it right, it will give you the most natural fruits and trust me, you wont be disappointed(it is definitely worth it :)). 


By Ashish Gandhi, CEO/MD/Director, Creative Director, PostBox Communications  | 01 24 2010 10:08:53 +0000
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I support your view sir, but there are few constraints where the employee is not being promoted for a long period and not enough incentives are given during his/her tenure, there is a likely chance of the employee leaving the organization.

An employee who is working in the organization for more than 10 years is respected more and they also enjoy various privileges which the company may offer


By Rajesh Yerra, Sales Executive/Officer, GRT Hotels & Resorts  | 01 24 2010 09:28:45 +0000
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Job hopping is done for many reasons  - right and wrong. Perspectives vary from person to person as to why one should change jobs. A blanket statement such as, stuck in a job (corporate) for too long rather than gain diverse experience, is not justified. One can diversify in the present job or keeping the same job while getting more creative to diversify. Once a person has the core skills required for his or her job then building on those skills is what matters. Career building is also knowing how to build a team , avoiding nepotism and being exemplary at work. Experience comes with opportunity and shouldering responsibilities and then diversify. Now, it does not mean that one cannot change jobs – job satisfaction is important and there are different factors that influence job satisfaction and that again varies from person to person. Salary or designation should not be the criteria for a job change but what a job would make you as a person and your nature of work is what needs to be weighted in a balance before changing jobs. Yes, that is a personal choice indeed.

At a senior level, it also speaks on ones reliability and trust especially with clients. One can make his or her job interesting and it entirely depends on how one handles their responsibilities.

Nevertheless, it could be that changing jobs MAY help gain different experiences but doing them frequently may not always work for career building; it works fine largely in the IT sector but little in any other corporate sector - in my opinion it takes a stable mind to stay put in one place and build a career.


By Stephen O. Rajan, Technical Architect, Zenith Software Limited  | 01 22 2010 21:50:38 +0000
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People who stay longer in a particular job in a concern giving their best at every task that they do, being loyal and trustworthy are the people who reach the highest level of excellence in the corporate ladder. People who change jobs frequently can't even earn the trust of anyone and hence reaching the highest level in the corporate ladder seems to be a distant possibility for them.


By John D Nevin, Manager - Finance & Administration,StreetEdge Investments  | 01 22 2010 17:21:00 +0000
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I agree what Shrikanth has said, Loyal employees will have more value than hoppers. Hopping will not benefit you in any way, you will not learn any thing properly. Hopping may give you more salary but at the end of the day the person who works for a long period will be benefited more compared to the person who is hopping. According to me a hopper will mostly hop for the job at the same level and will not grow like a person who stays loyal to an organization. 


By Leena Pawar, Tech Architect, IT Infotech  | 01 22 2010 11:44:06 +0000
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By changing the job constantly, your life become unstable. Your credibility is also hampered. As per the old adagge "A rolling stone gather no moss." It is true even in the present context. This is specially applicable to people in the technical field.


By Mohandas Karimpanackal, Chief Design Engineer NTPC Ltd., India  | 01 22 2010 07:08:48 +0000
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Constant Job hopping may give short term gain but individuals can learn & gain expertise and contribute to their roles only if they spend longer tenure with their organizations.

Having said that, the definition of long tenure has changed from the past (5-10 years) to current (3-5 years)!!!


By Siva Subramanian, CEO/MD/Director, VELCOM ERP IT SOURCING PVT LTD (www.velcomerp.com)  | 01 22 2010 03:52:31 +0000
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Hi Sonam,

It is a public debate, but i will address you directly. You did start a good debate and the responses have been varied and intresting. The method you state is good in the initial stages as you are all learning and have a spetite for more, let me asure you the application is very very limited. So as you cannot learn everthing in the world so it is a wrong line of thinking.

Further you can give the same a try and after 2 or 3 changes you will find a reluctance in the new one as the recruitter is also as smart as the candidate and for real responsible jobs there is good amount of home work done and it is just not getting selected in an interview.

so a bad idea for the new generation and for Mr. Ramya, love your country, love your family, love your job, and love your company in that order. you may do fine as that is what, you can fool some people all time but not all the people all the time as far as job is concerned.

thanks


By Gautam Mazumder, Sr. Manager Cust. Service, Crompton Greaves Ltd.  | 01 21 2010 16:03:21 +0000
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No, i dont feel is anything great to keep changing jobs so soon. Such conditions just say the employees are not happy with the prevailing working conditions or the attitude of the higher personnels of the working organization. And this condition is taking a funny node and people are mistaking this with wrong understanding. ... I feel we should take this more seriously and work on this to reduce such things happening in future. .. Thank you, Manish N

Cheers!!


By Manish N Chugh, Officer Trainee, Stock Holding Corporation of India ltd.,  | 01 21 2010 15:10:55 +0000
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I am not agree with the idea of Job hopping.I think it is only useful to IT sector's employees. For other sector it may not be useful to have 4 jobs in a little span of 2 years.You can judge it by taking example of FMCG sector. Suppose a person is at it's junior level & changes it's job for 2 to 3 times in a span of a year or a two then it may affect it's future prospect in that company.Employer will easily come to know this trick of job hopping is only for package & not for the    development of an individual. As per my personal experience loyalty will get it's price/reward though it may take some  more time.Also loyal person have more value than these job hoppers.One should understand that we are not money making machines.Employnent is two way process, as you are rendering your services to earn the money & you are learning the process to become the  master in your core area/area of interest.

Also job hopping is done due to some important reasons which may described as follows.management policy, manipulation from immediate boss,lack of job satisfaction.Also this job hopping habit will not last long because any candidate will be selected after review of it's past record.So it have more disadvantages than the advantages.


By SHRIKANT MANOHAR DANKE, Zonal Manager / Sr. Project Manager ( Civil Engineering), Kumar Properties  | 01 21 2010 12:21:20 +0000
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Personally a well qualified candidate would find the goings good as far as negotiating salary goes, but with a period of time, the integrity of the candidate will be a HUGE question mark!!

Its not a question of failure but its a question of loyalty and being responsible towards the company that you begin to work with. There is a lot of payout that a corporate does in terms of a candidate working with them as rightly pointed out by Ted. I would personally look at such candidates as HIGH RISK and take my decisions accordingly. Not that I wouldnt look at them gfavorably but it will be a very cautious approach rather than an OPEN ARM policy!! Completely with Teds views here!1

Thanks for the referral Sonam :)


By Makrand Bhave, AGM - Corporate Business, E18, part of Network 18 Group  | 01 21 2010 12:06:15 +0000
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Here is my view on the topic:

It really depends on what one considers as 'success'. Frequent job hopping might lead to a short term jump in money one might take home. However, in terms of expertise gained in a role, one will definitely lose out. Not to speak about the track record and usable experience.

In the initial few years of the career, it may be acceptable to the extent that the person is trying to find ones' calling. But carried too far, it does not bear the expected fruits. On the question of what should be the desired frequency of a hop, well that is subjective. At a minimum, one should be in a role for long enough period to enable one to reasonably understand and contribute to the role sufficiently. Anything else is an injustice to both the hirer and the hire. The keyword here is the subjective term 'sufficiently'.


By Madhukar Bhat, Project Leader, Release Engineering  | 01 21 2010 08:52:58 +0000
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Frequent jop hopping indicates that you are a failure in your career, because career has to be built step by step with your contribution matching or more than compensation.  If you are forced to quit jobs frequently, it means that either you have chosen a wrong profession or you are not fit for that job or you are not able to maintain cordial human relationships with peers & bosses.  If somebody quits the job after reaching heights in the organization, it is accepted that he emerged victorious and made his mark.  Therefore, any one hopping the jobs frequently can not be considered a success.


By Khaja Hussain, Chief Manager (Sys), State Bank of India  | 01 21 2010 05:08:31 +0000
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it is good but risky. more gains involve more risks is a well known thing. it is a quick thing to hopp and increase your rate. something like investing in equity market and taking more risk by buying short term equities rather than investing wisely in long term sustained equities or debentures etc.

in long run for such people i have seen either they change their trend of hopping in short durations or lose their jobs. or they have to sometimes compromise with their offerings.


By jaideep khanduja, Head of the Department - QA and Project Management, Confidential  | 01 21 2010 03:33:13 +0000
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Have you ever noticed that almost all Noble prize winners in academic areas such as science, economics, medicine etc. are those who have lived and worked at the same institutions for a long period of time which in some cases reach up to 25-30 years? It seems that frequent job hoppers may gain in the short-run but long-stayers certainly win in the long-run. Possibly, that's why organizations care about organizational loyalty...


By Azhar Kazmi, Professor, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals  | 01 20 2010 20:52:40 +0000
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I would say No. Simply because, working for a company also gives you an identity and satisfaction of a job. If you get into a company where you find people and environment that gets you to achieve what you wanted to with your job, stick around. Job hopping is not good for your health and it can't get you success, if you are thinking in terms of playing bigger roles after few years. Let me explain with an example, if you are a software developer who is being offered higher salary for the same skills at another place and you switch. You will loose the opportunity of becoming a team leader, had you been in the same company in the same time. Change your job, only when you think it adds value to your job. Also on every workplace, you need to start afresh and then money is not success. Thats my experience, but anyways, I am a freelancer. Cheers and good luck to people with jobs.


By Tanmay Gaur, Freelance Software Developer  | 01 20 2010 13:46:03 +0000
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Depends on what you define as "success". That in itself is in grey area these days. If success is defined as making more money by jumping 30% increments every 6 months it might keep one successful. If it is defined as long standing domain knowledge and expertise... its questionable. But then in today's age of flam marketing and Online PR culture - and with attention spans of fleeting seconds... its understandable.


By Srikkanth S, Head/VP/GM-Client Servicing, Gallop Communications LLC  | 01 20 2010 13:32:47 +0000
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