Why Do Millennials Change Jobs So Often?

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My parents met at the place where they worked.

They met at Sears Roebuck and Company in Memphis, TN in 1948. My father sold furniture and my mother ordered ladies shoes in the huge skyscraper of a building that was known for decades as Sears Crosstown.

They went on to eventually work for Sears for 20 years, until my mother took early retirement and my father was part of the generation which was asked to retire in the early 1980s, in order for the Powers-That-Be in Chicago to install a “new business model”, replacing full-time knowledgable employees who had profit-sharing with younger part-time employees.

How all that eventually worked out for Sears Roebuck and Company is another interesting story.

Every generation since my parents’ has been more transitory in their length of time at any one employer, until we find ourselves in 2018 watching this generation, known as the Millennials, seemingly switching jobs every couple of years or even more often than that.

As an older worker working alongside members of this generation, I have found myself wondering why they switch employers so often.

The wanderlust of youth, I understand. However, there has to be more than that.

Here are some plausible reasons for their job-hopping:

It’s Their First Full-time Job – Per an article found at fivethirtyeight.com

…Most people in their early 20s are fairly new to their jobs, but most of them are fairly new to the workforce, period.

A Lack of Engagement – According to an article posted on gallup.com on May 12, 2016…

…Only 29% of millennials are engaged at work, meaning only about three in 10 are emotionally and behaviorally connected to their job and company. Another 16% of millennials are actively disengaged, meaning they are more or less out to do damage to their company. The majority of millennials (55%) are not engaged, leading all other generations in this category of worker engagement.

But, why are they not engaged? I realize that it’s not the latest video game, but, come on…it’s a job!

Show Me The Money! – According to Forbes.com, in an article posted on November 30, 2013

Young workers are now 30 years old when they first earn a median-wage income of about $42,000, a marker of financial independence, up from 26 years old in 1980.

“Pension?” “What’s that?” – An article from May 6, 2015, found at attn.com, states that

Melissa Murray Bailey of consulting and research company Universum told The Washington Post last year that the workforce operated quite differently for Baby Boomers when they entered.

“In the Baby Boomer generation, everybody had pensions, and that really facilitated lifelong commitments to a company,” Murray Bailey said. “As companies have done less and less of that, there really is less of a mutual expectation that people will make that commitment.”

A point which was brought up in several of the articles which I read during my research for this post, is the fact that a lot of companies are new to the economy themselves, as is the company which I work for.

Millennials, in their quest to better their job situation, may not wish to share in the experience of the growing pains that a new company goes through, even though there may be opportunities for better jobs within the company if they stayed there.

In summary, I suppose the reason that Millennials change jobs so often in this brave new “flexible” economy…is simply because THEY CAN.

Never give up. Never surrender,

Allen

Allen Fitzhugh is a Team Leader with The Revenue Optimizations Companies at their Hernando Walmart location. He may be contacted at In-mail at linkedin.com.

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Can You Hear Me Now? The Difference That Cell Phones Have Made in the Workplace

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The most important impact on society and the world is the cell phone. Cell phones have actually been one of the primary drivers in productivity improvements. – Fabrice Grinda

Have you ever thought about the role that cell phones play in our daily lives?

They wake us up. They put us to sleep at night with entertaining videos, informative information shared on the internet, and soothing music which we have saved for our use or simply enjoy through an app.

Cell phones also keep us in touch with our workplace and our co-workers.

We use cell phones to start new business ventures, to close business deals, and to grow our business.

We can be in instantaneous contact with an entire business region without having to say a word via means of a work chat room.

Through cell phones, the average worker can effectively communicate with everyone in his company, from his co-worker to his company’s CEO.

Cell phones allow us to share ideas and to grow as a participant in our chosen field of endeavor.

They also help us learn how to communicate with one another.

If your job involves individual sales and customer service, as mine does, effective communication is the key to success.

Whatever product you are selling, your cell phone can provide the information which you need to help you increase your knowledge about that product and thereby increase your sales.

And, of course, when you aren’t working, cellphones are the primary tool through which we can stay in touch and involved with our families and friends.

Why am I such an advocate for cell phones?

It is my job.

And, through the selling of these wonderful tools, I get to make a difference in customer’s lives.

Call or text a client, friend, or family member today. They will be glad to hear from you.

Allen Fitzhugh is the Team Leader for T-ROC at the Walmart Store in Hernando, MS.