I was reworking a speech for a rather long-in-the-tooth CEO for an employee event honoring employees who had been with the company for a long period of time. Awards for 10, 15, 20 or more years of service.

Adding to his perfunctory remarks, I added some language about the contrast between employees that change jobs or companies every 3 years or so to a company such as his that showed longevity and dedication.

He asked, "Why'd you put THAT in there?"

I explained how it provided a great contrast and showed how exceptional his company was in that there was great loyalty.

He looked at it again, then proclaimed: "Yeah, but I don't want to put IDEAS in their heads."

As if they're not aware of the outside world...

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Jul 26, 2023Liked by Adam Singer

It’s weird how churn is an objectively good thing (as employers find employers where they maximize their productivity) but employers hate it because they’re lazy and don’t want anybody besides easily programmed robots. Just another card in the “employers really have zero clue what they’re doing” file

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Especially true when merit increases are rare and stingy. In my industry, the smart people pinball back and forth around two or three companies in town, just to stay a step ahead of inflation. Companies seem to prefer to pay market value for a new hire, and then deal with all the training, rather than just adjusting current talent to actual competitive market rates.

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I have job and career hopped all my life. It's amazing how many people on LinkedIn actually laugh at me for that, especially young ones who have not even been in the labor force for ten years. I've had potential employers also turn me down due to my job hopping. Ones that have taken a chance on me have found me bringing to the table far more than their 20 year employees. My career is mine, not the employers, and therefore I am responsible to do the best with my career as I can. I'm the only one that cares about my career success.

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