Hiring an employee who seems to relocate on a frequent basis can be a tricky process, especially if they're the right person for the job.
Whether they jump from one job to the next for personal reasons or they move around frequently due to their spouse's career, hiring an employee on the move can sometimes leave you high and dry.
In order to help you with the hiring process, here are some pros and cons of hiring a job-hopping employee:
Pros of Hiring a Job-Hopper
Although it may not seem like it a first, hiring an employee who is constantly on the move from one job to the next may be beneficial for your company.
As long as they are the right fit for the position at hand, job-hopping employees sometimes come with unexpected advantages.
• Keeps Things Fresh - Having continuously new employees filter through your company helps keep your business on its toes. Not only do new employees introduce fresh enthusiasm and creativity into the work environment, they also inspire other long-term employees to step up their game.
• Resourcefulness - Job-hopping employees know how to find work where and when they need it, which is a resourceful quality. Resourcefulness like that influences other employees to find new and exciting ways to get the job done.
• Ongoing Diversity - A diverse workforce helps companies of all types take new approaches to everyday tasks. Job-hoppers who come and go will introduce diversity to your company on a rolling basis.
Cons of Hiring a Job-Hopper
Whether it's due to family obligations and finances or health insurance and marriage, job-hopping employees are on the move for any number of reasons.
Unfortunately, this type of come-and-go attitude could turn into a headache for your company.
• The Hiring Process Never Ends - Recruiting quality employees takes time and money, which is why loyal, long-term employees are so sought after. With a job-hopping employee, you might find the right candidate, but you might also find yourself recruiting for the same position after a short period of time.
• Short Notice Exits - Depending on the reasoning, some job-hopping employees may have to leave their position on short notice. This, of course, leaves your company shorthanded, especially when short notice means leaving within days, not the customary two weeks.
• Losing Valued Employees - Every time a job-hopping employee leaves your company, you are losing a valued employee, which results in a difficult and important position to fill.
Tips for Hiring Employees on the Move
If you're on the fence about hiring a job-hopper, there are a number of ways to ensure your company won't be in jeopardy when the employee decides to leave.
For instance, when hiring a job-hopping employee, ask that they sign a month-to-month contract with your company in order to avoid any short notice exits.
Likewise, you can also make the position you offer a job-hopper as flexible as possible.
A completely telecommuting position may be out of the question, but a partially remote position might encourage the employee to stay longer. Finally, before you hire a job-hopping employee, ask that they give you a courtesy notice of at least two weeks before leaving their position.
By keeping in mind the pros, cons, and tips above, you'll have an easier time hiring employees who are always on the move.
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About the Author: Adam Groff is a freelance writer and creator of content. He writes on a variety of topics including job hunting and the hiring process.