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Holding a job or hopping on?

October 13, 2008 | Express Computer
There is always some amount of employee dissatisfaction in some form, and the grass always seems greener on the other side. Renuka Vembu finds out more on job hopping

Is employee job hopping a common phenomenon in the age of myriad opportunities and better prospects? Or is there a perennial breed which does not show an ounce of stability? Is there any particular time frame considered ideal for employees before they make the switch? Questions aplenty, and views varied, employee job hopping is here to stay thereby giving rise to higher attrition levels.

Voices from the industry

There is a widespread perception of HR people from the industry with regards to job hoppers. While some people in the industry feel that changing jobs as frequently as twice or thrice in a year does not make up for a good CV, some feel one to two years, or even three years is the ideal time to stick with a company. While there are still others who feel that there is no ‘right time,’ but it is better to move on rather than to stay put and stagnate in the same organization.

C Mahalingam, EVP and Chief People Officer, Symphony Services, opined, “Job hopping is an employee’s personal decision arising out of their unhappiness with their current job. It hurts the organization when it is (a) not triggered by unsatisfactory performance of the employee; and (b) employee hopping is not willing to complete the knowledge transfer to the replacement employee.”

Aditya Prasad Dhal, Manager, HR, TVS Electronics, listed the impact from the organizational stand-point. He said, “Positive reflections can be in providing growth to existing employees, infusing new talent, upgrading the talent pool, and sometimes reorganizing. Negativity can be spurred by the loss of critical talent which can jeopardize a critical project, and thereby the growth progression of the company.”

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