That was how one of our millennial employees prefaced her explanation about why she was going off to try new things. It’s been eating at me for a while. I find the sentiment fairly common.
“Almost three years” is a long time? I’ve been working at the same agency since 1994 when I helped buy out SHIFT’s predecessor agency, seven years ago. (Because you’re probably in marketing or PR, I’ll do the math for you: that’s 16 years in one agency.)
Am I such an anomaly? Should I be ashamed of my long tenure? Would a millennial sniff at this level of loyalty? Would they consider my longevity a character flaw, a fear of change?
I don’t think there are many people who would suggest I am not a risk-taker—putting my house on the line to start SHIFT; trying to re-imagine the press release and newsroom; blogging way before it was cool; wrestling alligators; semi-professional demon-hunting; etc. Yet I’ve never seriously considered lighting out for new territories. I find plenty of challenges, and rewards, in making this place awesome.
“Yeah, but you’re the OWNER,” I hear you say. Fair enough.