Written by Garret Woynarski on January 27, 2015
It is a rarity to see the long-standing employee of 20 plus years of service anymore. Instead, the conversation has an emoticon like effect of, “WOW, you’ve been working there for 10 years already! Why haven’t you moved on?”
So why is it that the employable workforce is so transient? Why is it that one person feels the need to continually jump from pasture to pasture and the next professional locks in for the long haul?
Executives, business owners and mangers have a skill set to focus on the business metrics of finances, profitability, sustainability and visionary progress. Employees want to do meaningful work that gives them a sense of accomplishment and purpose while being exposed to enjoyable, daily human inter-connections.
Disappointment only happens when our result is lower than our expectation. Poor communication and reliance upon assumption lead to a disconnect between the two parties in a workplace or relationship. Proactively dealing with an assumptive situation will help to prevent one party from looking over their shoulder for greener pastures.
If you think the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, water the grass currently under your feet.
Workplaces that support the human side of employees will prevent the transient movement of personnel and thus create an epitomized culture. A supportive culture that promotes employee growth and inclusion is fertile ground for a sprouting 20-year career of someone exhibiting committed qualities. Metrics suffer by assuming everyone is happy.