The Grass Is Not Always Greener
The Grass is Not Always Greener: Successful Hiring Strategies
We have all heard about “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence” syndrome— Repeatedly. In reality job seekers just ignoring anything negative about a new gig and downplaying everything positive about current situation. The grass is NOT always greener — I’ve actually told people that very thing when they’ve approached me asking for advice. Seems like an easy cop out to actually giving advice. But here’s the rub, it IS good advice!
We’ve all heard plenty of stories about motorcycle mechanics who, for some reason or another, think jumping to a new environment will immediately solve their issues. They’re the same ones who jump from one motorcycle to another based on an arbitrary need to have the bike do something miraculous, when all the while if the person would just stop and think about what they really want, they’d find they already have it. And more importantly, they’d find the issue isn’t Bike A or Company A, but inside themselves.
Don’t get me wrong, changing to a different company because you’re moving up is one thing… and is the norm these days. But moving because you think the grass is greener someplace else is often a mistake. Employers tend to frown on resumes that show the same maintenance or service job at one place for two years or less, then another 12 months somewhere else, and so on. That type of stalemate experience on your resume leaves people wondering what’s wrong with you, not what’s wrong with the companies you’ve worked for. In fact, switching jobs frequently for no apparent benefit is one of the top red flags I’ve always considered when hiring someone.
What’s wrong with moving to a new company because the grass is greener there? Well, just the other day I heard the perfect reason: because grass becomes and stays green by watering it. How does that relate to your current place of employment? Easy. If you expect to be happy at any position with any company, you’ll have to work on yourself… and your attitude.
Water the grass under your feet. Soak in all the opportunities you can at your current position and with your current company. If you think there aren’t any benefits to staying put, you’re mistaken. You just haven’t looked hard enough at the opportunities all around you.
The average employer spends more than $4,000 to hire a new employee. Imagine how successful that employer would be if instead of hiring new employees with that money, they put the money into the employees they already have?
As an employee in the powersports industry, you have a unique perspective on what’s needed as far as training and development. Share your ideas with your employer, look for training opportunities, find ways to become more engaged at work, and learn to think outside the box.
As a person who has spent my entire career in the industry, I think its frightening that people are afraid of change. Employers can’t be afraid of change and doing things differently if they want to continue to operate. By helping employees grow at work — which is kind of unheard of in the motorcycle industry — employers can keep the good employees they already have.
Maybe the reason the grass is greener is because as an employee, your attitude is bad. If that’s the case, moving to another company isn’t necessarily going to fix or even help the problem. And if that IS the issue, changing jobs, switching motorcycles, and even changing your address is just going to delay fixing the issue.
Before you think about the grass being greener, think about yourself and what you’re really looking for. It may be that this industry isn’t right for you. Maybe you need a vacation or maybe you just need to brush up on your skills and learn something new. I know one thing for sure, if the grass is greener someplace else because you’re bored, you’ll still be bored someplace else.
Maybe there’s something at your current job that you just can’t stand and it’s just that simple. Try to fix that problem before you even consider moving to a new company. I can honestly tell you, the grass isn’t always greener… and even if it is, you still have to mow it!
Of course, there are always good reasons for switching jobs and in some cases, the grass IS greener. Sometimes you want to do something completely different. I know motorcycle mechanics are moving on to different trades outside of the industry or different opportunities — which is leaving a big problem for dealers, but that’s another story.
Just be ready to explain why you’re moving around, and don’t tell any new potential employers you’re doing it because the grass is greener. They’ve heard that too… and they’ll expect you to continue that trend if they hire you.