Flexible Is Great, But What We Really Want is Job Security
Recent job losses at tech giants Meta and Twitter, as well as a reduction in workforce numbers from companies such as Stripe and Coinbase have set the tech world on edge.
Is the bubble about to burst or is the industry simply resetting itself as the world settles down after the pandemic? Research points to the latter, with McKinsey predicting that the rise in AI, 5G and cloud-based technology solutions will keep the tech industry buoyant for years to come.
Yet the recent disruption has highlighted a stark reality. While the bells and whistles of a fully remote or flexible working arrangement come with benefits, underneath it all what workers really want is job security. In fact, the recent BCW Expectations At Work study shows that for more than half of workers, job security at a financially stable company is the most important consideration when choosing a job. Which raises the question, how does job insecurity impact the workforce? The answer, in one word, is negatively.
So how can workers tackle a feeling of job insecurity?
Being mindful of any movement across other departments can give you a good sense of where the company is going. Who were the last hires, what level are they at and what is their skillset? A company that’s stable and looking to the future will hire wisely, choosing people that can help them achieve long-term goals. Similarly, a company that’s in difficulty may not replace workers when they leave as a short-term cost saving measure. Where does your company fall?
If you’re concerned about the security of your job, we encourage you to question upwards; which means asking your boss, or their boss, about the company’s three- or five-year plan and what they see as being important to achieving those goals.
Rather than asking about the security of the company and your job in particular, this can be dressed up as a conscientious understanding of how you can contribute to the company’s success. If there is no long-term plan or leaders refuse to discuss it with staff, you may have cause for concern and should look elsewhere.
If a new role is on your mind, we’ve selected three below to check out. Make sure to browse the TechHQ Job Board to ensure you don’t miss an opportunity for career success.
Senior Fullstack Engineer, Roblox
The Role: The Senior Fullstack Engineer builds systems that make Roblox more productive and allows the entire organization to grow.
The Responsibilities: You will be responsible for combining internal tools and third-party applications for people operations, talent acquisition, budgeting, roadmapping, and business analytics.
The Requirements: You have experience contributing to architecture and implementation discussions, with four years’ in a software engineering role.
Senior Manager – Data Science, Bristol Myers Squibb
The Role: The Senior Manager – Data Science is a new role and will join a new cutting-edge data science team to advance the global drug development process.
The Responsibilities: You will develop, implement and apply state-of-the-art algorithms, and develop novel ways of integrating, mining, and visualizing diverse, high dimensional and disparate data sets.
The Requirements: You will need a Ph.D. in a relevant quantitative field, and 10 years’ of relevant experience.
Senior Director of Revenue Operations, FourSquare
The Role: The Director of RevOps is a key leadership role that will oversee sales/CS operations, partner operations, go-to-market systems, data warehouse, and deal desk.
The Responsibilities: You will collaborate closely with teams to optimize strategies, processes, systems, and talent to accelerate the company’s ability to realize its full potential.
The Requirements: You will have 10 years’ of experience as a sales/revenue operations leader in an enterprise software/SaaS company as well as proven ability to lead and scale sales/revenue operations of significant scope through growth periods.
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