The Great Resignation: Expert Opinion on Career Strategies

The “Great Resignation” has sparked an important conversation: Is job hopping the ultimate key to career success, or does long-term loyalty hold a hidden advantage? While opinions on this question can be polarizing, The Squires Group believes that both options offer value. The best advice is individualized and depends on your personal goals and circumstances.

What are the Benefits of Building Long-Term Tenure?
  • Expertise: Staying with a company allows you to develop a deep understanding of its operations, industry, and competitors. This expertise makes you a valuable asset, and not easily replaced. Loyalty should be rewarded with promotions, mentorship opportunities, and exclusive benefits.
  • Influence: As you gain seniority, you should also be gaining influence within your organization. This influence can allow you to shape its future, contribute to decision-making, and transition to leadership roles.
  • Stability & Predictability: Salary is important, but it’s not everything. Long-term employment fosters stability and predictability in your professional life. Familiarity with colleagues, the work environment, and routine can reduce stress and lead to a better work-life balance. This stability can also translate into greater emotional investment in your work, leading to increased satisfaction for both you and your employer.
When Should You Consider a Change?
  • Limited Growth Opportunities: If internal advancement opportunities are limited, it may be time to explore new roles. Changing positions can allow you to acquire fresh skills, broaden your network, and potentially take on a more challenging position.
  • Salary Stagnation: Your loyalty should be recognized with salary increases that keep pace with inflation and your market value. If your salary has stagnated, a well-timed job change often leads to a significant increase in compensation.
  • Lack of Engagement: Feeling unchallenged or disengaged can lead to burnout and decreased motivation. A new opportunity might offer the chance to work on cutting-edge projects, learn new technologies, or work in a more dynamic environment.

Ultimately, the decision between staying put and exploring new opportunities is a personal one. By understanding the advantages and disadvantages of both approaches, you can make an informed choice aligned with your career goals and values.

The Squires Group Can Help:

Whichever path you choose, The Squires Group is committed to supporting your career journey. We offer a range of services, including:

Career Coaching: Our experts can help you define your career goals, navigate internal discussions with your manager, and develop strategies for professional growth within your current company.

Talent Acquisition: If you decide to explore external opportunities, we can leverage our network and expertise to connect you with companies that value employee development and reward loyalty.

Contact us today to discuss your options and develop a personalized career strategy!

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