Branded as a ‘job hopper’ or a ‘not-serious-about-work’ individual? You are not the only one facing this situation, today. Indians, or perhaps people in various economies, have been conditioned to believe that leaving a job too soon is not a good sign of growth.
Employers are not very forthcoming about individuals who hop jobs too soon. You are termed as a job hopper and may even be blacklisted in certain companies?
Is job hopping a new trend?
Many corporates believe that a person who cannot stick to their job for a long time or sticks for barely a year or two is not serious about it.
We live in a dynamic environment where every person seeks something ‘unique’ to do and contribute. This is one of the major reasons for employees switching jobs fast, sometimes even within a year!
As per a study published in Money Control, ‘49% of respondents saw job hopping as an opportunity to learn new skills, and over 43% stated job hopping could help boost their resume or identify greater job prospects.’
However, job hopping is still not accepted in companies and is actually looked down upon. Employers do not take lightly to job hoppers and recruiters often end up rejecting such resumes before it reaches the hiring manager.
What is the impact on such individuals?
There is a huge stigma attached that is still seen in many organizations with individuals hopping jobs frequently.
They associate it with-
Not being serious about their work.
Being carefree and reckless.
Not accepting challenges in their work.
Indecisiveness and lack of loyalty.
Many employees feel that they have to prove themselves because-
They have a history of job hopping.
They are not taken seriously.
They are denied opportunities or accession due to their frequent job hopping.
They are undermined in front of their colleagues.
With such a drastic change in scenario, employees are left to miss out on opportunities because of job hopping, and often get blacklisted too.
What causes job hopping?
Any new employee has the fire to prove themselves and learn everything about his job, and this contributes to a big factor in making an employee stick to the company. But, a longer tenure in an organization does not necessarily mean it is the right fit for the employee.
No learning curve.
No growth opportunities/promotions.
Emotional stress related to the team or reporting manager.
No work-life balance.
Globally, there are employers who are indulging in reverse mentorship programs to enable baby boomers to engage with their current job better and have a fruitful relationship with their immediate manager and team.
In India, there is still a stigma attached to job hopping and these individuals are overlooked for many undue reasons, and in many cases blacklisted too. Its complete removal is a distant dream for Indian employees.
There are various reasons for being blacklisted, however, employers are not very forthcoming in their underlying intention to blacklist a prospective employee or an existing one.
Increasing number of individuals are, now, putting efforts to know about their prospective employer before accepting a job offer. This means-
Understanding the reason for the open position.
Why did the previous employee leave?
Were there or are there any underlying issues associated with the reporting manager.
Similar to employee verification, a large number of employees are doing their due diligence by hiring private detectives to understand all the aspects related to their job. This includes, but is not restricted to, their reporting manager, corporate culture, team dynamics, etc.