The good old days of long term employment culture

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    Linda Castle

    I worked for an international company where everyone introduced themselves with their name followed by how many years they worked at the company. 0-10 years were new and the 20-40 year people were respected. Does this even exist anymore? Many people jump jobs every 2 years. How much loyalty is in anyone’s culture now? Is this short-sighted versus long-term or just a phase that has ended?


    Steve Schwarze

    I think industry has a lot to do with the answer to this. I am in the Tech Industry so often see people jumping from job to job every few years. However, there are definitely people within the industry who are long-timers as well. It also is somewhat generational as well. I am in my 50s and find that people from my age demographic often stay with a company for a longer period of time. That being said, I do not hold the length of time someone has worked at a company against them. Unless, that is, they are not willing to take the time to learn about the new company they are at. If someone is obviously just interested in fulfilling their individual needs and not the company needs, then they will not be successful as a short-timer or a long-timer. I must admit that I feel there is a great advantage to long-timers simply because they can know the unwritten rules of a company, or know the unwritten ways to get things done, or know who to go to when you have a certain type of question.


    Jerome Baumgartner

    I worked mainly for privately held companies where you would still find a significant portion of the employee being in the company more than 20 years. Although I would value their knowledge of the unwritten rules and ability to get things done, I must say that a lot of them would develop a sweet-bitter attitude over the years, with a tendency to look at the past with excessive nostalgia. I think it is perfectly fine to be loyal to your company while still having changes in your career on a periodic basis. Each time you move, it creates a bit of chaos that would ultimately benefit to yourself as well as your prior employer. Life is about changes… but this is just my personal feeling towards changes in life !


    Manuela van Ulzen

    I think there is something positive for both options – long term or frequent change. Being in the same company for many years I now clearly see the effects: my knowledge is considered in many projects and I am very often to go-to person. At the same time I can also see the benefits of bringing in people from other companies – new ideas, new points of view. Therefore I think for a company it is good to have a healthy mix of both.

    Your personal choice to switch should, from my point o view, not be dependent on trends. If you like your job, your contribution is valued, you have development opportunities, challenges, nice colleagues and a nice boss – why should you change!



    I think it’s a two-way street – employee loyalty is declining and in response to how companies treat/value their employees. In the past, there was this concept of “iron rice bowl” where a company would take care of employees for life, guaranteeing job security and promotion from within the ranks. Unfortunately these days HR tends to be transactional where employees can be easily replaced, including management roles where friends or connections are parachuted in, rather than promoting from within.


    Kar Wee Pee

    I have worked for companies where the management and HR philosophy is “No one is irreplaceable”. On the one hand, it drives performance and ensures that everyone delivers and are on their toes. On the other hand, it does not promote a culture of sharing as employees try to horde knowledge in order to stay relevant.

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