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July 11, 2017

Is There Such Thing as Staying in a Job for Too Long?


Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again whilst expecting different results. There certainly is truth to this notion. There’s nothing to grow or learn from if day in and day out you are applying the same skills to the same tasks. Bringing this into a professional light, the notion remains relevant but with more challenging factors at play.

As it’s been said before, the job market is ever-changing, causing drastic shifts across industries. Decades of experience aren’t necessarily regarded in the same way that they used to be. What in the past would have unequivocally been viewed as loyalty and expertise, now also treads the line with being stagnant and too comfortable.

But is there such thing as staying in a job for too long?

The short of it is, yes. It certainly is possible to stay in a job for too long. However, the variables are measured on individual scales, unique to each person’s own experience. One should not merely leave a job because they feel as though they have been there for too long. 20 or 30 years in the same the job is irrelevant if each day you find a new way to challenge yourself and learn something new.

The point at which one should question their position in a role is when the monotony of their work has dawned on them and the point has been reached where finding a new path is necessary because remaining dormant would only continue to hinder their search. In essence, once you’ve realized you have reached the point of being somewhere too long, do not delay in taking steps to move on because putting it off will only add days to your rap sheet that employers may not take kindly to.

Brian Ruina, Partner of Temporary Staffing for Accounting/Finance, “I’ve been with Abacus 17 years but I’ve stopped counting.  If you love what you do and the people you do it with, time doesn’t play a factor. Having said that, if you find yourself in your job wishing the days away, that’s a clear sign you need to make a change.”

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