Job Loyalty: Pros & Cons of Being Devoted to an Employer

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Job loyalty: by definition, refers to when an employee is committed to an employer. Such an employee does not actively seek another job and even when opportunities for career progress arise elsewhere, they are unexcited by it.

Millenials have a very poor reputation when it comes to job loyalty. A recent report by Gallup estimates that millennial turnover costs the U.S. economy $30.5 billion annually as 6 in 10 Millennials are open to new job opportunities.

Whether or not you’re for job loyalty, both sides of the coin have their pros and cons for your career. Long-term job loyalty is almost non-existent and as employee turnover grows, medium-term employee turnover continues to be on the rise. We look at the some of the gains and losses of job loyalty for your career.

Will Your Experience Work For You or Against You?Job Loyalty

Hopping from one job to another will provide with more work experience based on your achievements at the different organisations that you work with. Meanwhile, staying loyal to a job will grant you so much experience especially within the inner workings of an organisation as you would have lived through the different phases the company has been through. This makes you a go-to person for all that concerns the organisation.

On experience, however, job loyalty makes your career less marketable if you’re seeking a career move, especially when compared to other individuals who have moved to different organisations or industries over the same period as you.

How Does Job Loyalty Impact Your Network?Job Loyalty

It is usually said your network is your net worth. Most times, job loyalty will stifle your chances of growing your network within your industry and this can make your career progression slower and less marketable.

Let us put this into perspective – Hiring a sales manager with 8 years of work experience across 3-5 organisations is quite different from hiring a sales manager with 8 years of work experience in one organisation. All things being equal, the former will have an upper hand over the latter and is more likely to be hired.

Does Job Loyalty Affect Your Chances of Getting a Promotion?Job Loyalty

For individuals without job loyalty, the chances of getting promoted stay slim. Most organisations look to foster growth with people with in-depth knowledge of their organizations’ history and culture. Such decision most times will favour someone who has been with the organization for quite some time.

In conclusion, your job loyalty can have a positive or negative effect on your career but a lot of what happens will ultimately be based on your decision to be loyal or not. Whether you choose to be loyal to a company or not is completely up to you. For most people, job loyalty can be influenced by pay, good working conditions, flexible working hours and other perks and employee retention strategies from the employer. How long would you stay on a job if all the conditions were right before leaving? Let’s hear from you in the comment section below.

Princewill Akuma
Princewill is marketing maven passionate about user-centric marketing ideas. His marketing experience spans the tech services, recruitment, media and entertainment industry across Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Tanzania. In his pastime, he's a career advisor, mentor, hobbyist DJ and lover of cardio exercise with a personal record of 23.49 km.
 

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  1. All things being equal, the maximum I can stay on a job is 8 years when the financial conditions are right. This is based on the nature of my job. I don’t expect a sales person to stay more than 3 years on a job. A sales person should always be on the move because they are prone to sack, when there is a downtime in their sales results.

  2. You’ll need to factor in type of job. If depth of knowledge is required, which usually is, you may need to stay put for a while before making a move to a new organisation.

  3. I will stay 10 years in an organisation. If working condition is satisfactory and the employee is giving opportunity to grow by sending them on training to develop them and management promote accordingly showing through hardwork and result

  4. But HR experts will tell you that hopping from job to job too soon, lowers your chances of getting good offers as one will be perceived as inconsistent and unreliable.

    Personally, I suggest one spend 3 to 5 years at least, before thinking of leaving a job that has the right conditions.

  5. If the conditions are right… That would mean the organization is healthy and growing, and the employee growing in it. Not bad. But are the conditions often right?

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