The job market is a rollercoaster. Corporate America sits on their pedestal at the peak of the hierarchy and they control who gets hired, who gets fired, and even down to what kind of shoes employees can wear to work. Then with a switch of the light, their power is lost. The economy shifts, and now it’s the candidates, the interviewers, the everyday people that hold the upper hand. Instead of spending months looking for a way to put food on the table, they are flooded with calls from recruiters which result in multiple interviews and often multiple offers. Although this sounds like a wonderful ‘problem’ to have, this flux in the market changes demeanor for the worse.
Professionalism comes from both the Employer and the Employee, and this should never be compromised. Unfortunately, professionalism is often affected depending on who has the current ‘power’ in the market. When the Employer holds all the cards, they push down wages, benefits, and instill an uncertainty in their employees with the “no one is irreplaceable” mentality. When the Employees, or more importantly job seekers, hold the market’s edge, they use other offers or potential offers to nickel and dime companies in order to receive higher salaries. They negotiate in extra time off, working from home, company allowances, etc.
The issue that we are seeing with both circumstances comes back to the lack of professionalism. Employers are firing employees without notice, throwing them back to their families with no severance or often even knowledge of what went wrong. Employees are quitting without any notice. Leaving in the middle of projects, expecting their coworkers to pick up their slack, or even worse, scramble to find someone that has similar experience. The lack of courtesy, the absence of professionalism is negligent on both parties and results in negative circumstances for all.
Every industry, be it IT or Healthcare or Education, is comprised of a small group of individuals. By abusing ones’ stance, or ‘power’, and making unprofessional decisions, both Employers and Employees are merely harming their reputations and futures. Instead of battling and trying to abuse their stance granted to them by the every changing job market, both parties need to realize that karma always wins, and professionalism should never be substituted
By: Greg Denman – IT Recruiter at BravoTECH
As an IT Recruiter at BravoTECH, Greg has an experienced background in the areas of PM, BA and Infrastructure. Greg is passionate about helping people start a new career and takes the time to develop relationships through communication with his associates and clients. Prior to working for BravoTECH, Greg worked for GE and Colgate-Palmolive, and has lived in the states of Ohio, Colorado, Kansas, and Texas. Greg has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in sociology from Kansas State University and enjoys traveling, concerts, and golf. To contact Greg, email firstname.lastname@example.org.