the new normal.
In the United States, for example, the average middle-age worker has had 11
jobs in his or her career, according to one study from the U.S. Bureau of Labor
Statistics. ;e average job tenure in Australia is a little more than three years,
says McCrindle Research.
Keeping experienced talent in the same position can save organizations on
recruitment and training costs. But it can also be a boon to the portfolio. Project
managers who’ve stayed put can be a font of organizational know-how: ;ey get
the company culture, they have internal credibility and they’ve fostered relationships across departments.
“Each company is unique in terms of business practices, so having somebody
that not only knows what your organization is trying to achieve and the processes you need to follow, but also where the company comes from and where
it’s headed, is invaluable,” says Andy Almenara, PMP, national PMO manager at
UXC Connect, Sydney, Australia. “New people, even though they may be stars,
can be ;sh out of water while they try to normalize to the organization and the
organization normalizes to them.”