Kool Derby

How is long-term defined? As we know, the generations before ours were known for being loyal to their concerns. Today, most of us find it somewhat humorous to say that we will commit even five years to an organization.

The times have changed,but what is different? Is it because the tide has changed to pro-employee, and we have many more choices today? We are now the Monster.com Generation, with so many new opportunities for employment. At a time when many people are still looking for work matching their skills set, I’m not so sure that the employee is completely in the driver’s seat.

Nonetheless, employees can control more of their future by developing the talents needed today, such as leadership, communication, and technological prowess. By being prepared, they can take advantage of opportunities when they arise.

I recently ran into a friend who described her new job, and was enlightened by her level of enthusiasm.


Me: Hi, Jessica! How are you doing?


Jessica: I’m doing great! It’s good to see you.


Me: Same here. What’s keeping you busy?


Jessica: Cross-Tech hired me as a Network Administrator several weeks ago. I applied about eight months ago, and was finally interviewed last month. I had three interviews, and one with a panel of sorts. It was grueling!


Me: Great!  I’m glad you were selected. I do remember you have a Computer Information Systems degree, and several years of work experience in the field.


Jessica: I do, but the industry is super-competitive. I think the industry certifications helped me a bit. Regardless, it was a tough process. The timing was good, though. I’m ready for a management position, especially since part of my team is in Shanghai, China. This is an exciting position!


Me: Oh! So, this is not necessarily a stepping-stone for you? You plan to be at Cross-Tech for several years?


Jessica: This is really a cool company. I met the managers and other employees, and they love working there. I want to be there for the long-term.


Me: Long-term can mean different things, right? I know some people who think long is like five years.


Jessica: Yeah, I guess you’re right. But, I’m thinking like forever! The 401(k) program is terrific, and the company’s value is increasing every year. I’m pretty sure I can commit to the company the rest of my working career. Of course, many things can change, and I’m aware of that.


Me: Regardless, it’s great to see that you found a place where you love to work. With this enthusiasm, I’m sure you are going to impress many leaders at Cross-Tech.


Jessica: My commitment should make a difference. At least, I hope! It was great seeing you! We need to do lunch soon.


Me: For sure! Let’s plan for next week. Is Wednesday ok?


Jessica: Perfect! See you then!


This conversation with Jessica reminded me that some employees want to make a difference for their employers and are willing to make a long-term commitment. I think Jessica’s situation is unique, but even a 7-to-10 year investment from an employee is impressive.

A win-win situation takes place when company leaders reciprocate by providing a challenging and rewarding work experience for their employees. By making this investment in their workforce, the organization can expect to increase its competitiveness in the marketplace and become an employer of choice.