Does Being Loyal Pay?

This week Ron dropped an interesting link in our group chat from Forbes, “Employees Who Stay In Companies Longer Than Two Years Get Paid 50% Less”. It immediately caught my attention and got me thinking about my own career. I’ve been with three companies over my 8 year career, three over the last three years. One company early for a long stretch, the next stop for two and half years and another position I just started. Over my career I’ve held 7 different titles including intern, which involved I guess three promotional type changes, and two out three of those promotions came because outside influence. Outside influence, meaning factors not in the norm like performance, extended duties or educational achievement causing the promotion to occur. That something in each case was another job offer and/or lurking recruitment. In each of those cases I turned that outside influence into leverage by actually being willing to leave. Some may call this being disloyal or some may call it capitalizing on opportunities. Previous generations stayed with employers for lifetimes, there is now research saying that trend has died with younger generations. We will not only have multiple employers but will also change careers or industries multiples times, pouncing on opportunity based circumstance and happiness. This new phenomenon of “people capitalizing on opportunity” is everywhere today.

Look at the example put on display by NBA players over the last 7 years, capitalizing on opportunity has been given the narrative of “Controlling your Destiny” whether it’s to win, to be valued, or to brand up.

Real life scenario: three guys/coworkers sitting at the lunch table discussing pay, and one guy is a bit disgruntled. Let’s guess who it is by career path and tenure. Guy 1 started with the company straight out of college and has been there 8 years, the other has experience with other companies but has been with their current employer 5 years, and the last has been hired within the last year and has outside experience.

Who complains about pay? The vet who’s been with the company the longest, the vet with outside experience, or the new guy with outside experience? It’s the first person, the Vet. It’s being acknowledged amongst the colleagues the vet is probably under paid despite being the best at their jobs, the most experienced, and having the required expertise. Why? It all circles back to the initial pay. Does being loyal or staying with one employer really pay off? Hard answer no, but it’s a grey area. You also don’t want to be a job hopper but you also want certain things regardless of how long you’ve been with one company, and one big item is fair pay.

When is the right time to move positions to “control your destiny?”

  1. Once you’re vested!

    1. Job jumping before your vested in your retirement plans hurts you long term, and potentially loses you valuable short term money.

  2. To gain valuable experience!

    1. Depending on the stage of your career gaining experience trumps gaining money, I think it’s something that can never fail. By gaining skills and resources you make yourself more valuable and increases your likelihood for a bigger pay day down the line. But you have to evaluate the scenario to make sure prioritizing experience over pay makes sense at that time in your life.

  3. To get paid!

    1. Get paid young nigga get paid (dolph voice)

  4. To Align with like values and culture!

    1. Aligning yourself with the right company culture and values is like being on a team and everyone agreeing on the perfect role for you. If you’re feeling like KD in OKC, like your best skills aren’t being properly utilized because of team structure, go to a pass happy and sharing team like Golden State or a company that values your skills and will put you in the best position to succeed.

  5. To feel appreciated!

    1. Bottom-line make moves that make you happy.