How often do we change jobs?

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How often do we change jobs?

Job permanence is related to a job’s specific factors, such as its environment, personal satisfaction, the work possibilities a country has, or personal factors like its professional title, master degree, etc. How happy is a person with its job? What possibilities doe he/she have of moving to a better job? These are two example of questions that can show us if an employee will keep its job for a long time or find a different or better one.

How long do we stay in a job?

Economic and cultural differences in each country have a big impact on how long we take to change our job. In Europe, for example, the time employees stay in one job goes from four to ten years, while in North America the average time is about four years and a half, meaning that an employee changes job about 10-12 times in its lifetime.

Permanence in professionals and influent economic agents

In job markets with very little opportunities, non-professional workers or new ones tend to keep their jobs for more time. This is due to the existing fear of taking a risk and adventuring to a new job that may or may not turn out to be better in the long run. Also to the lack of job offers, meaning that an increase in the job permanence isn’t necessarily a good sign.

How often do we change jobs
How often do we change jobs

The story is completely different for professionals who are experts. In economies that are going through recessions or work markets that are struggling, companies need to minimize the costs of recruiting, training and molding workers, therefore they choose to hire qualified staff and avoid wasting their resources in workers that might not be very productive. This immediately generates greater opportunities for professionals, and depending on how loyal they are to the company, how satisfied and self-realized they feel, they could move to better job offers, without being scared of taking risks. This shortens their permanence time in the company, unless this one offers a better offer. When the job market is stable, professionals with more studies will have more stability and permanence in their working place, remaining in the same job for 10 or more years.

Job satisfaction and its incidence in changing jobs

Think about this: if you’re going through a rough moment in your personal life, you’ll look for ways to fix the situation in order for you to improve your lifestyle. This also happens in the workplace. A person that is not satisfied with its job will produce less, reach less goals and will be constantly thinking about leaving the job. Many companies don’t give this the emphasis they should and the results are unhappy workers with little loyalty to the company that won’t think twice about moving to another job at the first opportunity they have. Many times, money isn’t even the problem, but the fact that they don’t feel they are developing or growing as professionals. If a company takes the time to satisfy the needs of its staff (increasing their self-esteem, level of self-accomplishment, etc.) they will have workers that want to stay and it’ll avoid having unnecessary employee turnovers. This type of job permanence is positive because it’s voluntary and speaks about happy and productive workers.

Job changes are relative and many externalities inevitably impact them. The work force behaves according to its final benefit, this behavior undoubtedly will change if the agents that control it change too (economy, country, profession, etc.). Sometimes the need to change job becomes imminent and it’s a step that should be taken to be in a progressive state of advancement in your professional life and in your finances.  

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