JOB-HOPPING: Some truths which are often ignored
I have seen that job-hopping in IT/ITES industry is often blamed upon employees(almost like a cliche) that they lack loyalty, greedy etc.Let me put some of the points, which I guess are not much been discussed.
IT industry has a different business model and that is why job-hopping happens. People are BODY-SHOPPED or made billable for a project(SERVICE COMPANIES). Once the project is over, then they are put in bench-pool and if they can't be provided with a project(Mostly because the company cant get a suitable project than employee incompetency ), immediately are asked to resign or are being terminated. Sometimes employees are asked to work in a role that doesn't suit their profile at all, just for the sake of billability. So please don't lament that employees are job hopping a lot and assess that as a case of lack of loyalty; what these IT/ITES organizations are doing, are they in an ethical position to blame?
Middlemen making money out of employees by BODYSHOPPING business are the worst that they treat their employees as commodities in the market, often denying benefits! IT/ITES organizations just want to get an employee billed by any client, they aren't considerate for employees with exceptional skill or quality of the project. LACK OF LABOR RIGHTS, LACK OF UNIONS for collective bargaining or voice against injustice is another aspect of indian IT sector. To make things worse, Politics, Discrimination and partiality by managers and unethical and inhuman organizational practices do exists too in service companies & body shopping consultancies.
Having said that there are exceptional players in the market too- like CAPTIVE CENTERS & PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT COMPANIES etc. who value their employees and respect their skills. In such companies attrition rates are less too.
IT Industry, unlike the other conventional industries in the past often employs highly skilled & educated workmen & often times hierarchies and conventional management techniques doesn't have much values. managers and employees both can have same educational qualification and skill levels, often times. Silencing such a skilled workforce using conventional methods such as disciplinary warnings based on subjective perceptional judgements are not practical. It is sad to say that at least half of the HR personals are not trained or skilled to adapt the changed environment & they still resort to conventional modes is what I could understand from some of the posts in this forum. A few exceptions are not ignored & such HR Professionals are extremely valuable to the industry too. Give importance to ethical and humane aspects rather than misusing legal/company policies are the need of the hour & HRs with such attitude should evolve more in numbers. Also, NASCOM & Service companies should focus on this issue seriously too. NASCOM ideally have to sit and formulate a guideline for employee treatment rather than letting these service companies to act at their will always.Govt should come up with regulations too!
To conclude, please analyse the fingers that are pointing to companies and HR, before IT sector's job hopping phenomena.
Employees are voiceless in most of the cases in 'billing' oriented companies and there is enough justification for their ob switching, which is their last & natural choice for natural justice & career progress.