As the job market has become tighter over the past years (and especially because of the tricky economic situation), job-hopping is on the rise as people move to find a job that will help them pay their bills. However, from the human resource point of view, this is not healthy as it may end up slowing ones career growth because of failure to develop a specific skills.
A 2014 survey by CareerBuilder, an online job finder and career resource platform, indicated that 32 per cent of employers now expect their workers to job hop and about 55 per cent of employers have hired a job hopper in the past. These findings indicate that many more people are spending a short period at their jobs and it does not come as a surprise to employers. However, Enoch Wasswa Baliddawa, a human resource expert, says this trend is likely to affect a person’s career.
“An employee who moves from one place of work to another lacks commitment, an element most employers look for and is usually regarded unserious with their work,” Baliddawa notes.
He, however, says if one is changing jobs due to lack of job satisfaction or love for adventure, they should be guided on the importance of settling down as well as tips on being a fast learner to avoid future regrets.
“Being a job hopper requires that you are a fast learner since you will be facing new challenges,” he says. Without that, he says, a person is better off staying on one job for some time. “Some people can easily cope with different work environments in a short period of time,” he says.
Despite its demerits, job hopping can sometimes be rewarding. This, according to Nathan Barlirwana, a career guidance counsellor with Transformational Mentorship Bureau, is so because people have different goals or interests. “A person may not be interested in making a career out of their job. Some people would prefer moving from one job to another since they are in most cases only after money,” he says.
Job hoping may at times help an individual search and get a culture fit since some people can easily adapt to certain work cultures than the ones they have been used to.
“Work places usually have different work cultures. This can at times determine whether an employee stays for long or not as some work cultures may not be favourable to some people,” says Balirwana.
However, Balirwana, just like Baliddawa, argues that despite experts labelling job hopping unrewarding, it actually has its own advantages.
“Moving from one job to another can give one exposure to different work environments,” says Mugalu. This, he adds, is likely to give a person a sense of achievement.
“Some people consider moving from one work place to another as an achievement,” says Mugalu.
That aside, he notes that job hopping may help a person grow their professional network since by they will have worked in a number of places over a short period of time. If one grows their network, adds Mugalu, their chances of being unemployed become slim.
Besides that, Balidawa notes that sometimes job hoppers get exposure to different work environments and consequently various job-related issues to learn from.