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Job Hopping is the practice of changing jobs very often in at least one to two years; which could be as a result of unfavorable work conditions, pay issues, career advancement, changing job roles, etc.; and, anyone involved in this practice is known as a Job Hopper.

Years ago, it was not uncommon for people to work for the same employer their entire careers, as there were more stable working conditions. However, the tide is fast changing, due to factors such as: pay-cut, increasing tasks, changing job roles, and unresolved workplace conflicts, etc.; which makes employees engage in job hopping.

These days, employers are beginning to pay more attention to applicants with a lot of short stints on their resumes, asking questions on why they left their previous places of work; while some employers even go ahead to conclude that these sets of applicants are unreliable or lack staying power on a given job role. Note: this findings, does not rule out the fact that people shouldn't change jobs when it becomes life threatening, or unrewarding to them; but, addresses the frequency of job change as the actual problem.

Experts, based on research, caution that too frequent changes in job roles or, of employers, can be a serious red flag to prospective employers. This is because applicants as well are beginning to come up with different valid reasons as to why they left their previous work place; but, even at that, frequent job-hopping is still a red flag for most prospective employers.

Job-hopping basically questions the applicant's loyalty, or ability to stay on a job, as it portrays a picture that such a person is on the job for the pay, or sticks around long enough to learn what they want and then leave; which is total waste of the employer's resource for training and development.

The following includes the PROS & CONS of Job Hopping;

PROS of Job Hopping:

  • Increase in pay packages

  • Increased learning

  • More skills acquisition

  • Robust people network or contact, etc.

CONS of Job Hopping:

  • Red flag for some employers

  • It is often seen as a stigma

  • It's a sign of disloyalty

  • It negative impacts the individual’s ability to stay or

  • retain relationships, etc.

How then can an employer discourage Job Hopping?

Several research and consultations with HR management firms like STRUGZ, have proven to improve the staying power of employees. The study actually reveals that a lot of manageable factors stem from the reasons why employees leave or choose to change their jobs; of which STRUGZ can help organizations like yours retain its best hands, prevent quality talents from exiting or joining the Job-Hopping band.

STRUGZ is a Public Relations, Legal Business Management and Training Consulting Firm, passionate about helping organizations improve in employee retention. At STRUGZ, we do not just help you get the right talents, we train them, and create a deep sense of loyalty for your organization.

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