I think we all are being sold a big fat bag of lies!
Okay, not lies, but definitely a very narrow skewed view of the truth. Case in point, you are now supposed to believe that you don’t want to work for one employer for your entire career.
Do you know why you’re supposed to believe this? Because idiots like me, and the media, keep spoon feeding you study after study that shows younger generations don’t want to work at the same employer for their entire career.
Okay, I get that. When I was 23 I didn’t know what I wanted to do next weekend, let alone 40 years from now! But, because younger generations want this, now we all want this, apparently.
This isn’t just an employee issue either. Organizations are now supposed to believe they no longer want lifetime employees. You, as an employer, should just sit back and watch employee after employee walk out your door to do the exact same thing at your competitor. This is the world we live in, Tim. Why would I want an employee to stay with us for 40 years. I need to get fresh eyes and new experiences into our organization.
I recently met with a very successful employer in southern Indiana. A tech company that most people will never know, even though they have stuff in your computer you use every single day. They’re basically a ‘guts’ company. They put high tech stuff into stuff you use but never see. They want lifetime employees.
They take an extremely long time to hire. Fit to them is paramount. If one thing doesn’t ‘feel’ right with a candidate, they’ll wait to find one that does ‘feel’ right. It’s a strong culture organization. Proud people, almost zero turnover and they are highly profitable. They walk away from talented candidates all the time. Skill is important, but it’s not as important as fit.
There are not enough of these organizations left. Too many organizations today are only hiring for skill. When you only hire for skill, you get the work environment younger generations are telling you they want. One where they don’t want to stay forever!
When you hire for fit as your primary focus of selection. Meaning, skills are important, we want smart people, but all things being close to equal, fit will determine the hire. Fit is so important that if we can’t find the ‘right’ fit, we’ll leave the position open until we can, regardless of skill.
Here’s my deal, I think employees do want to work for one company for a lifetime. I think the reason you see anyone leave your organization has very little to do with them not wanting lifetime employment and a ton to do with how they fit in an organization. Sure, you’ll always have talent that is capped out and needs to move to grow, but even then I think those people would prefer to stay and grow.
Hire for fit. Teach the skill. Enjoy high tenure, high performance, and better profits. So, yeah, start looking for lifetime employees!