“Open to opportunities” is the phrase we often here coined in a conversation geared towards millennials. A message to the rebellious and the restless looking to rent a patch of greener grass, often on a four-day a week basis.
But, increasingly I’m having the same conversation with an entirely different demographic altogether.
Senior, established professionals in permanent positions are progressively ‘open to new opportunities’ despite being very content in their current roles.
I met a Finance Director today who had this exact mentality. Despite being very happy in his role – valued, recognised and rewarded – he is keen to explore other opportunities.
If he was unhappy in his role I would understand. If there was a lack of flexibility or mobility then of course my response would be to find him a new adventure but more and more I’m seeing settled professionals flirt with the idea of change and I can’t understand why.
Are we simply taking the ‘grass is greener’ approach into the Board room or are we taking a short-term view to employment?
For me, the logical thing to do would be to stay in one company, learn, develop and self-promote until you’re ready for the next step up. Surely if you are truly passionate about your career and development, you should concentrate on your current role instead of looking on the market for other things.
But then I borrowed another perspective. Are people actively looking for change out of curiosity or are people genuinely working in fear of what’s around the corner. With Brexit looming on the horizon and a climate of uncertainty clouding every business decision we make, are we just settling with the idea that nothing is currently certain?
I would really like to hear your opinions on the matter. Is the grass seemingly greener or are we scared to find out what’s around the corner?
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