Can you job-hop without making enemies?

By Elizabeth Garone |BBC

A plum position opens up in a different department in your company. You think you’d be the perfect fit and would jump at the opportunity but what will your current manager think? And what if you don’t get it? What message will you be sending?

Six experts weigh in below on the pros and cons of applying for a new position in-house.

With job-hopping the new norm among millennials, many employers should be happy that their workers are applying in-house rather than elsewhere. 

Steve Gibson, director of JotForm, an online form builder, based in San Francisco

Proceed with caution. “Companies go to great lengths to hire people and organise everyone so they can work productively together,” said Gibson. “When you announce you want a different position, you run the risk of making the following statements: I don’t like my job; I don’t like my team or boss; my needs and desires are more important to me than the company’s; I’m not reliable; I’m quitting.”

Before making such a move, Gibson suggests asking yourself a series of questions. “How long were you in your current role? If it’s too short, then who’s to say you won’t want to move on from you next one, too? Do you have the skills for the new role? Let’s say you’d like to switch to a more technical role, or a managerial position; what have you done to prepare for it? Is your switch in line with the needs of the company? Will it be hard to find someone to replace you?”

If you’re still set on applying for the other position, don’t hide it. “Communicate well with your current manager,” said Gibson. “Let them know you’re thinking of switching before applying for the other position. Getting their support is important for a successful transition.”

Ann Marie van den Hurk, principal at Mind the Gap Public Relations, LLC, based in North Carolina

Honesty is still the best policy. “It comes down to where you want to be in your career,” said van den Hurk, who, over a 10-year period at one company, worked in four different positions. “If your current position isn’t working for you, then why not go for a position that interests you and allows you to use your skills fully?”

Van den Hurk was honest with her bosses about why she wanted to move. “I finally moved to where I wanted to be and [where] my skills were best suited to excel in the organisation,” she said. “I never worried about how the move was perceived. I was focused on where I needed to go career-wise.” While she was watching her career, the organisation was focused on retaining employees and encouraging them to grow within it. “I was lucky to be in that environment. And as a boss, when an employee shared they were looking at another position, I was supportive of them and sad of course, but understanding everyone must grow and leave.”

Paul Myers, internal recruitment manager at NonStop Recruitment, based in London

More understanding than you might think. “It’s important to remember that any manager worth their salt isn’t going to take the idea of you applying for a new role personally,” said Myers. “It’s business, it happens.”

But you should discuss your plans, especially if your company doesn’t have a defined process for internal moves. “It’s courteous, will show them you respect them and they’ll probably only find out for themselves further down the line, which could make it look like you’re hiding something,” said Myers. If you are honest and frank about your intentions and reasons for wanting to make the move, it’s likely they’ll understand, he said.

Even if you don’t get the position, you’ll get a clearer idea of the areas you need to build on as well as letting your current employer know your intentions to progress your career. “A good boss will see your desire to have a different challenge and may even accommodate changes in your current responsibilities to help you progress in the direction you’d like to move in,” said Myers. “It’s highly unlikely that your wish to move across the company will be taken the wrong way, as long as you highlight that it’s because you want to develop your career, not because you don’t get along with your manager.”

Kris Duggan, CEO of enterprise software company BetterWorks, based in Silicon Valley

More common than you think. “Applying for a different job in-house does not imply you are unhappy or uninterested in your current job, especially if you are consistently performing well,” said Duggan. “Rather, it proves you are ambitious and are seeking out opportunity for growth and learning — and any good boss or manager will appreciate those qualities.”

With job-hopping the new norm among millennials, many employers should be happy that their workers are applying in-house rather than elsewhere, said Duggan. “If employees feel threatened or think they might ‘look bad’ in front of their current boss when applying for another position, they will likely interview outside of the company when they are ready to make their next career move,” he said. “If employees aren’t finding learning and growth in their current position, a different job in-house might provide personal development without putting the employee at risk of leaving.”

Dominique Jones, vice president of human resources at talent management software firm Halogen Software, based in Ottawa, Canada.

Comes down to how open manager-employee communication is. “Ideally, discussions about your career interests and goals should already be happening,” said Jones. “Part of this involves you and your manager looking at opportunities to challenge you and provide an enriching experience at your organisation. After all, your manager wants to see you develop and should be supportive of your career goals. Your organisation wants to develop its talent and create a workforce that will help achieve impactful results.”

You need to be clear about your intentions, such as an interest in learning about other areas of the business or addressing current skill gaps with real-work experience, said Jones. “Your manager can then put a plan in place to ensure you’re best prepared for any potential change in position. And, if you achieve success, it will be a direct reflection of the coaching provided to you by your manager.”

Pete Christothoulou, CEO of advertising analytics provider Marchex, based in Seattle

Only small risks for the employee. “The real risk is what happens if you aren’t actively looking to promote members of your teams, because then they will undoubtedly look elsewhere for their growth opportunity,” Christothoulou said.

A smooth transition is important. “The employee should spend the time thinking through a thoughtful transition plan so as not to leave their commitments unfinished or their ‘prior’ team in a terrible bind,” he said. “Simple steps like this build credibility for the employee and foster collaboration.”

There’s nothing wrong with going for a different position. “If it looks bad to their current boss, then they are simply working for the wrong manager,” said Christothoulou. “Managers should place high emphasis on employee development, growth and happiness.” In the case when individuals want to move for other reasons, such as not liking a manager or the current position, “those instances should also be highlighted as they point out other organisational opportunities that are ripe for improvement,” he said.

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如果你公司的其他部门腾出来一个诱人的职位,你认为自己是最佳人选,想要抓住这次机会,但你现在的上司会怎么想?如果你没有获得这个职位该怎么办?你的这种行为会传递出什么信息?

以下是6位专家针对申请公司内部新职位的利与弊进行的分析。

“在新千年,跳槽已经成为新常态。如果员工申请内部的其他职位,而没有应聘其他公司,很多雇主应该感到高兴。”

旧金山在线制表工具开发商JotForm董事史蒂夫·吉布森(Steve Gibson)

应当慎重对待此事。“企业都会竭尽全力聘请优秀的员工,制定合适的组织结构,以便员工能够高效地展开合作。”吉布森说,“当你宣布想要出任其他职位时,可能就等于冒险发布以下声明:我不喜欢现在的工作;我不喜欢现在的团队或上司;我的需求和意愿比公司的需求和意愿更重要;我靠不住;我要退出。”

在采取这种动作之前,吉布森建议先问自己几个问题。“你在现在的职位上任职多久了?如果时间太短,谁能保证你不会在短时间内再次跳槽?你是否具备新职位所需的技能?例如,你想调到一个技术要求更高的职位,或者管理岗位;你都做了哪些准备?你的调动是否与公司的需求吻合?是否很难找到接替你的人选?” 如果你仍然想要申请其他岗位,那就不要隐瞒。“跟你现在的上司好好沟通。”吉布森说,“在正式申请其他职位前,让他们知道你的想法。获得他们的支持对成功完成调动非常重要。”

北卡罗来纳州Mind the Gap Public Relations公司负责人安妮·玛丽·范登赫克(Ann Marie van den Hurk)

诚实仍是最佳策略。“这取决于你的职业规划。”范登赫克说,他在一家公司效力的10年间曾经担任过4个不同的职位。“如果现在的职位不适合你,那为什么不找一个你感兴趣,而且能够充分发挥你能力的职位呢?”

在新千年,跳槽已经成为新常态。如果员工申请内部的其他职位,而没有应聘其他公司,很多雇主应该感到高兴。

范登赫克将她想调动职位的原因坦承地告诉了自己的上司。“我最终如愿以偿地得到了自己想要的职位,这也是那个组织内部最能发挥我能力的职位。”她说,“我从来不担心别人怎么看待我的这种做法。我一直都在集中精力考虑自己的职业发展。”当她关注自己的职业时,公司也在集中精力挽留员工,鼓励他们在公司内部成长。“我很幸运地身处这样一个环境中。作为老板,当员工向你坦白他们想要担任其他职位时,我都很支持他们,但也肯定很难过。不过我明白,所有人都要发展,天下没有不散的筵席。”

伦敦NonStop Recruitment内部招聘经理保罗·迈尔斯(Paul Myers)

上司对你的理解或许超出你的想象。“一定要记住,任何一个称职的管理者都不会从个人角度来看待你的调动申请。”迈尔斯说,“他们会公事公办。”

但你应该跟他们沟通你的计划,尤其是当你的公司没有正式的内部调动流程时。“这是一种礼貌,这么做表明你尊重他们。通常情况下,就算你不说,他们之后也会发现。到那时,就会让人觉得你在隐瞒什么事情。”迈尔斯说。他认为,如果你开诚布公地与他们沟通自己的想法和调动职位的理由,他们很可能会理解你。

即使你没有如愿申请到新职位,也可以更加明确地透露你感兴趣的领域,让你现在的上司知道你的意愿和职业规划。“一个好老板会明白你想要接受不同的挑战,甚至有可能调整你现有的职责,帮助你向着你渴望的方向发展。”迈尔斯说,“只要你明确表示,你调动职位是为了职业发展,而不是因为与上司不和,他们就不太可能误读你的意图。”

硅谷企业软件公司BetterWorks首席执行官克里斯·杜甘(Kris Duggan)

这种事情比你想象得更普遍。“申请内部调动并不表明你现在工作不开心,或者对目前的职位没有兴趣,尤其是当你始终表现优异时。”杜甘说,“相反,这证明你很有志向,希望寻找成长和学习的机会——优秀的老板或上司会赞赏这种品质。”

杜甘表示,在新千年,跳槽已经成为新常态。如果员工申请内部的其他职位,而没有应聘其他公司,很多雇主应该感到高兴。“如果员工感觉受到威胁,或者认为现在的上司可能在他们申请其他职位时对其‘印象不好’,他们可能就会在准备进入新的职业阶段时,面试公司之外的职位。”他说,“如果员工在目前的职位上无法学习或成长,组织内部的其他职位或许可以为他们提供个人发展空间,而不至于迫使他们离开。”

加拿大渥太华人才管理软件公司Halogen Software人力资源副总裁多米尼克·琼斯(Dominique Jones)

关键在于,上司与下属在交流过程中的开放度如何。“在理想情况下,你们应该已经探讨过职业兴趣和职业目标。”琼斯说,“例如,你和你的上司应该寻找各种让你接受挑战的机会,并在组织内部为你提供丰富的经验。毕竟,你的上司希望你能成长,而且应该支持你的职业目标。你的组织希望培养人才,也希望员工能帮助他们实现宏伟目标。”

琼斯认为,你应该明确阐述自己的意图,例如有意了解公司的其他领域,或者弥补目前的技能与实际经验之间的差距。“你的上司之后会制定相应的计划,确保你能为可能的职位变动做好准备。另外,如果你取得成功,也直接反映了你的上司为你提供的指导。”

西雅图广告分析提供商Marchex首席执行官皮特·克里斯多索洛(Pete Christothoulou)

雇员承担的风险其实很小。“真正的风险在于,如果你并没有主动晋升团队内的员工,可能会引发一些不良反应。因为这样的话,他们肯定就会到其他地方去寻找发展机会。”克里斯多索洛说。

平稳过渡很重要。“员工应该花时间深入思考一份完善的交接计划,不能留下没有完成的承诺,或者让自己‘先前的’团队陷入窘境。”他说,“这样一些简单的措施可以树立信誉,还能营造合作氛围。”

想要调动职位并没有错。“如果他们的现任上司不喜欢这样,那说明他们跟错了人。”克里斯多索洛说,“管理者应当高度重视员工的发展、成长和幸福。”如果员工因为其他原因调动,例如不喜欢上司或者现在的职位,“这些情况也需要引起重视,因为这表明组织内部有其他一些需要改进的地方。”

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