Quite a few years ago I worked at a place where people were either lifers or ex’ers.
The staff was a close knit bunch and there were regular gatherings of current and former employees — I attended these events as both a potential lifer and later as an ex’er as we were branded.
It was a very nice place but I was younger then and I just wasn’t the lifer type. I left after a few years to chase more money and a more exciting title.
Most of my jobs have been like that —three or four years and I’m ready for a change.
I never used to see myself as the lifer type. I get bored easily and love a new challenge.
I still do, so it’s a bit surprising — to myself and to others I’m sure — that I’ve been at my current place of employment for more than a decade.
But you know what, so have most of the people in my unit. I start my day saying good morning to same people that I’ve been saying good morning to for a very long time. And I still mean it.
And I’m still happy. Still challenged. Still working hard and having fun. Still typing away.
Oh, about that place I used to work — I looked online and many of the same people are still there.
Years ago I might have wondered why.