Employers reveal how they really feel about job hopping

A sign of career progress or the marker of an unsteady employee?

Employers reveal how they really feel about job hopping

Job hopping – a sign of career progress or the marker of an unsteady employee? It’s long been a subject of debate – whether to stay in the same role and try to move upwards or take your chances and interview elsewhere. A new report from Indeed has seemingly provided some much-needed clarity on the issue.

According to this research, 73% of Canadian employers have chosen not to interview someone who’s had a list of short-term jobs at previous companies. Moreover, 27% of Canadian employers say that they have a negative view of people with a history of short-tenure.

“Many of today’s workers regard job hopping as the new normal,” added Paul Wolfe, SVP of Global Human Resources at Indeed. “It isn’t uncommon for people to switch jobs, companies and even industries multiple times throughout their career.

“As shorter-term roles become a norm for today’s workforce, employers can no longer afford to discount potential candidates based on the length of time they’ve stayed in previous roles. Compared to how long they stay in a job, skills, aptitude and cultural addition are all better indicators of success in a job today.”

Paul went on to say that the report suggests employers could have a negative view of job hopping, as it could be an indicator of potential flight risks.

As for the employees themselves, 20% of Canadian candidates believe they’ve actually missed out on roles they were qualified for because of evidence of job hopping on their CV. Despite this, 24% don’t have a negative view of job hopping – as it’s given them the opportunity to learn new skills.

In order to keep your top talent, Paul suggests rewarding good employees for work well done.

“While 41% of job seekers say that performance bonuses are important to them when considering a new job opportunity, there are other ways to recognize top performers such as handing out outstanding achievement awards on a regular basis,” he explained.

“Regardless of how employers feel about job hopping, you shouldn’t disqualify skilled candidates solely due to short-term roles at previous companies. After all, if your company is committed to developing and executing an effective retention strategy, even a serial job hopper could be inclined to stay put.”


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