26 July 2007

Resignation Beta

"A sense of duty is useful in work but offensive in personal relations. People wish to be liked, not to be endured with patient resignation." Bertrand Russell

Nowadays, everyone works for at least one company. Those who expect to work for one single company lifelong will be seen as aliens from Mars. Who wants to stay with one company forever? There are many choices available everywhere. If company A does not have what employee X wants, then resignation is the obvious result.

It is difficult for anyone to make a long-term commitment to one company, because loyalty is seldom rewarded. Longevity is no longer a recognition but is perceived as the inability to change, an indispensible quality demanded by every organization.

It is trendy to job hop, but it is important to work out how and when to jump with grace. Good reasons for leaving a job include a higher salary, and flexible working hours. Bad reasons for leaving include peer pressure, and seduction (the potential employer who paints too rosy a picture).

Moving jobs regularly and meaningfully becomes acceptable with employers. They look on at as gathering experiences, therefore benefiting the company and making them more rounded employees.

What was negative in the past now becomes positive. There is always a chance for "downside up."

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