New people are getting hired.
Old people are leaving.
Nothing is stable.
The relationships you made yesterday just left the revolving door today, and it's time to make new ones.
One "ran from Dodge." Another retired. A third left for the private sector. Someone else is going just down the block.
On the inbound train are Summer interns. Contractors being hired on as regular staff. Brand new people. And even some people coming back after leaving for a short time.
People get antsy or have enough doing what they were doing, dealing with who they are dealing, or simply want a change and a challenge.
Others are shown the door under less fortunate circumstances.
Whether looking to pave new trails, find yourself a seat at the table, a leadership position, or a fatter paycheck--the eyes see, and the heart wants.
Some people are tethered to their job or even "retired in place (RIP)"--perhaps it's truly a great job and fit or it's like their life blood (their whole identity, their reason for being) or maybe, they just like collecting what they consider "easy money" for a job they know and love or can skate by on, or maybe they work with other great people they really like and every day is a fresh challenge and even fun.
Recents studies indicate that retiring later in life actually increases longevity, but when is enough enough or are we leaving ourselves enough time to sit at the pool side and just enjoy life a little?
Millennials, famous for changing jobs often, now are at an average of 4 jobs by the time they hit 32.
And in Information Technology, job hopping is considered "the world's biggest game of musical chairs."
Why the increase in the job hopping bug in people's you know what?
Sure there is more opportunity for those that have the right skills, and people getting bored or stale is a bad thing, everyone wants to find a good fit for themselves and where they can have a real impact, and economic and social pressures push people to make the leap, perhaps there is also some foolishness involved--where the grass is always greener or not.
Sometimes though it really may be right for the person--and that's for each to explore and decide for themselves. ;-)
(Source Photo: here with attribution to John Garghan)