While the data isn’t yet refreshed, here’s a peek at tenure from September of 2010…
The median number of years that wage and salary workers had been with their current employer was 4.4 in January 2010, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. This measure, referred to as employee tenure, was 4.1 years in January 2008. The increase in tenure among those at work reflects, in part, relatively large job losses among less-senior workers in the most recent recession.
OK, so new info should be coming soon, but it will suffice for today’s discussion. It tells thus that workers change jobs, on average, every 4 to 5 years. It also tells us that less senior staff have shorter employment spans. While we all work toward retention and the value it brings in productivity, reduced recruiting costs, continuity and employee engagement, it is important to keep this change in mind when planning development activities.
For example, if you are new in your organization or your role, are you really ready to share your weakness, um, I mean opportunities with your new boss? Are you ready to tell them that you’ve already thought about your next move? What does that say about your commitment to your new role?
In truth, very little. We all want people who are always looking forward, and can keep an eye on the present and the future. So if you are in that position, don’t hold back. Dream big, and prepare for big things when you execute with your current assignment. And if you have those new kids on your team, let them know you are sensitive to the situation, but that you are committed to their success now and later. There’s no reason to wait.