The landscape for jobs has seen a significant change in the last couple of years, and one of the more obvious changes that have been mentioned repeatedly is the lack of loyalty on the part of employees. It is now rare to find an employee under 33 who has spent more than 5 years at the same job. This state of affairs has led many to demand a campaign to encourage workers to imbibe loyalty into their career planning process. Arguments to the contrary suggest that employees have only themselves to look out for, and loyalty to an employer can only hurt them and their careers. How is this so?
You snooze, you lose
Long-term employment has given way to medium term employment that is also giving way to short-term employment mainly because of the belief that after two years in the same organisation, an employee is likely to earn less than he would if he entered the same role in a different organisation. This is often true in many cases, and as such, staying longer in a company might just be hurting your money.
You lose your marketability
The purpose of a CV is to sell you as a more qualified candidate than all others, citing your experiences and challenges in different capacities. The truth is that the cv of a candidate that spent 6 years in 3 different organisations is more sellable than the cv of a candidate who spent 6 years in the same organisation. It is hard to explain what new things you constantly learned about the job throughout all of those 6 years and whether you are averse to learning and acquiring new career skills.
These bosses aren’t loyal
Always bear in the mind that if your boss had to make a structural decision to lay you off, he wouldn’t choose loyalty to you over doing what is best for the company. In the same manner, if you find a better opportunity that promises you more financial rewards, pushes you out of your comfort zone, and guarantees career growth, turning it down out of loyalty to your company is not the best move.
Opportunity knocks once
When a good opportunity comes up and it is likely to change the trajectory of your career in a positive way, your best bet is to take the opportunity. If you decide to turn down the opportunity because you are showing loyalty to your company you might regret it when you don’t find a similar opportunity in future. It might make you resentful towards your work and the company. So when a great opportunity presents itself, don’t turn it down for loyalty.