Job Hopper or Lifer?

by Melissa Brunner

Ask Mike Renfro what keeps him coming back to work every day and he'll tell you it's the chance to keep learning. I bet he's learned a lot over the years! Renfro was honored Wednesday for 40 years of service to the State of Kansas in the area of information technology.

On the surface, it would seem Renfro's story could become less common as years go on. Anecdotal evidence suggests today's younger workers don't feel the loyalty to their employers that prior generations once felt. In the past, a person would be hired right out of school and stick with the company until they retired 40 or 50 years later. Today, we hear the new generation of workers wants to know what their employer will do for them - and if it's not enough, they have no problem bolting in search of greener pastures.

In reality, we've always had job hoppers. A 2006 study on employee tenure found little real change in how long people stayed at a job in 2006 compared to 1983. We'll see how that bears out in the decades to come.

What do you think? Can you see yourself at your current company for 40 years? What makes you stay and what makes you go?

Me? I'm a lot like Renfro - I've been here more than 14 years and continue to enjoy what I do and learn something new most every day! Who knows what's in store 30 years down the road, but I'm still having fun!




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