Job-Hopper? You're Hired!

In the days I did it, it was looked down upon.  I'm talking about job-hopping.  I grew bored easily and within a year or two, was always ready to move on.  In my 25 years of working, I've had seven jobs -- though five of them were within my first seven years.

Today job-hopping is common, if not expected.  And a new article by The New York Times' Steve Lohr tells why the ability to now crunch "big data" is allowing companies to not only get into their customers' minds, but their employees', as well, which is turning out to be almost as important.

Joe McKendrick reports at smartplanet.com that, as a result of Lohr's exploration, "some conventional wisdom about worker productivity is already being shattered."

The first?  Job-hoppers make great employees.  "A study of 20,000 hourly workers finds 'virtually no distinction in tenure between applicants that had held no jobs in the last five years and applicants that had held many jobs over the past five years,'" Evolv, a workforce analytics company, reports, according to McKendrick.

Another finding?  No big surprise, but "networked" employees stay longer at their jobs.  "'Employees who actively used one or two social networking sites on a weekly basis, stay an average of nine days longer than those who don’t use social networks at all,'” McKendrick quotes Evolv.

And, my favorite?  Employees who give the "right" answers (read: what the boss wants to hear, whether it's correct or not) are often the worst employees.

And finally, supervisors.  I've had my share of bad ones, but it turns out that supervisors weigh heavily on how well an employee works out, and does well for the company.  Evolv found that supervisors directly affect productivity, and that they're far more valuable to a company than the employees themselves, so pick wisely.













http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/job-hoppers-make-great-workers-8212-and-other-big-data-revelations/19315?tag=nl.e660

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