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We cannot control everything that happens in our workplace. There are no guarantees that your job or occupation will last forever.

Expecting a job to be permanent and guarantee lifelong security is folly. Even life itself is not permanent, then why would a job be? Many of us sit back and relax thinking that our jobs will provide for us for the rest of our lives. This attitude makes us laidback and carefree. It is wrong and foolish to assume that your job will have you covered for the rest of your life. Yes, there are people who are fortunate enough to have worked for over 30 years or more in one place but the scenario is changing and cannot hold true for everyone. We must prepare ourselves and accept the fact that no job is permanent.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a lesson learned the hard way. It has shown us how unpredictable and abrupt life can be. Our jobs, much like everything else in life, will ALWAYS be at risk for a variety of reasons and factors and it is important for us to realize this. In this blog, we list out some practical reasons why a job is not and can never be permanent so you do not take your job for granted. 

1. Natural Calamity

We are in the midst of one – the current pandemic. Human history is rife with instances of pandemics and the ensuing devastation in the form of deaths, destruction, job losses, weakened economies, hunger, starvation, etc. much like what we are seeing today. A natural calamity can even be as sudden and devastating as a tsunami, earthquake, or wildfire and have an adverse impact on your job forcing your company to shut shop.

2. A Shift In Work Culture

Companies are constantly evolving; they are looking for people with different skills diversifying their products, portfolios, senior management, etc. These shifts have implications for the company’s work culture. It may be for the better for some. For others, it may just send them home packing. When we become too used to a certain way of living and working, it is difficult to adjust to new and fast-changing work culture. Manier times, a rapidly changing environment is the reason people leave their jobs. For example, rigidity in working hours can be a turn off for you and make you have second thoughts about your job.

3. Change In Leadership

You have enjoyed a few great years under the leadership of some great managers, general managers, vice presidents, CEOs, etc. However, there is no guarantee that they will be working in your company forever. When your favorite leader exits and another one takes his or her place, things are bound to change. Not everyone will have a similar leadership style and there may be certain things you won’t agree with. For example, if your previous Head of HR encouraged employee engagement activities, the new leader may be focused on cutting costs and discourage them. This can be a deal-breaker for you forcing you to look for another job.

4. Business Goes Bust

Regardless of whether you belong to a startup or an established corporate firm, bad decisions taken by the company’s top management, for example, bad investments or bad loans, fraud, and embezzlement can have serious ramifications for the company. If the company has run into a lot of debt and legal proceedings have been initiated by the other party, then it is best to prepare to say goodbye to your job and look somewhere else.

5. You Get A Better Offer

No matter how much you love your job, if a better opportunity comes along, there are very few people who will let it pass. If you are wise, you will not do that. A better offer means a higher salary, perks, benefits, and overall strong financial security. Also, staying in the same job will slow down your growth not only in terms of your salary but overall experience and skill development. That’s why it’s important to step out of your comfort zone and not be afraid to try new things. 

6. Cost-Cutting

Business is an extremely volatile and unpredictable phenomenon. Sometimes hard decisions must be taken in order to save the business such as laying some people off or even shutting down an entire department because it is a liability to the business. This may have nothing to do with your performance as an employee but could be based on a decision taken by senior management. In that case, there is very little you can do.

7. A Difficult Boss

Dealing with your boss is never easy and it is even worse if you have a difficult boss with whom you just can’t seem to get along. You may have joined the company thinking how great it is but when you actually begin working, there are several learnings both pleasant and unpleasant. Getting to know that your boss is difficult to please is one of them. This can escalate and create a toxic work environment leading you to quit and look for something else.

8. Starting a Family

Even the most ambitious people must make compromises once they become parents. Whether you’re a mum or dad, having a new baby or babies can have an impact on your job. Many mothers, more than fathers, even quit their jobs and put their careers on hold indefinitely to nurse their babies and raise their children. Not everyone can afford a nanny or be prepared to send their child to daycare. This could also mean quitting your job or looking for one that has maternity and/or paternity leave and flexible working hours.

9. Relocation

There are many reasons why people relocate and thus have a change of jobs. The rents in your city of work may have increased, your neighborhood may not be safe, your kids have begun college and you have to move for them or your parents need you and thus you must move someplace closer to them – the reasons can be many. 

10. Your Health Doesnt Allow You To Work

As we said before, life itself is very unpredictable. We don’t know what’s going to happen the next minute much less a week or a year later. It is highly possible that you may develop a health issue which may need you to cut back on travel for example. This may make commuting to work daily difficult and force you to look for something closer home. In that case, put your health first and look forward to a new beginning elsewhere.

So before you fall head over heels in love with your job, think about all these factors. 

Conclusion

We cannot control everything that happens in our workplace. Whether you’re a remote freelancer, a bakery owner, a software startup employee or part of a corporate structure, there are no guarantees that your job or occupation will last forever. Above, we have listed reasons and/ or factors why a job cannot be permanent and why it is dangerous to think or assume the opposite. If you have a job you love, great. If you think it will last forever then you are kidding yourself. If it does last forever, well and good. Just make sure you are mentally and financially prepared for exigencies and forces beyond your control that can make you lose your job.

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