I recently read that the number of employees looking for new jobs increased in 2020. It’s easy to understand why people would be unhappy during a year dominated by the pandemic, yet the grass often looks greener until you get there.
Trends in workforce development have been trending toward an increase in the number of careers and jobs workers will have during their employment years. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the average worker will have between three and seven careers and as many as 12 jobs in their lifetime.
I am entering my 45th year in the communications business, which has been my only career. I have been blessed to only have three jobs. I am in my 35th year with Chernoff Newman, working my way up the career ladder through multiple positions. I never aspired to be the CEO. I just took every job I had as a steppingstone to have a greater impact on our team’s ability to grow and succeed by exceeding our clients’ needs and expectations.
When the pandemic changed our work environment
Throughout the pandemic, we have been fortunate to grow our team and our business. Working from home has required us to operate more as a team and to be much more transparent, with a greater emphasis on daily communication. Culture becomes critical and every team member has been encouraged to share their experience and changing needs. Our leadership team has listened and provided the support they needed.
My greatest satisfaction comes when we have been able to adapt quickly to our work environment in order to meet changing employee needs, offer greater career opportunities and provide increased compensation.
Experience and knowledge leads to well deserved promotions
Recently we announced three well deserved promotions for longtime team members. Each had bucked the trends of career changes and job hopping. They had used their extensive agency experience to grow professionally and to provide greater value to our clients and to the agency. Their years at Chernoff Newman allowed them to not only build deep relationships within an account, but also across their communities as agency ambassadors for their clients.
Prussia George - Chief Financial Officer
After joining the Chernoff Newman team as an accounting temp in Columbia more than twenty years ago, Prussia George became a full-time employee and led the financial restructure required by our acquisition of the South Carolina Education Lottery account. She provided the leadership to transition the agency to a robust software-driven financial management platform. She was promoted to controller as a result of her efforts. Her long-term role in the financial stability of the agency was recognized as she was promoted recently to chief financial officer.
Elizabeth Wynn - Vice President of Client Engagement
Elizabeth Wynn, who started at the agency’s Columbia office as an intern in 2007, was promoted to vice president of client engagement after working her way up the ladder from account coordinator to account manager to account supervisor and director of client engagement.
Amanda DeWeese - Vice President of Public Relations
Amanda DeWeese, APR, who started her agency career with Carolina Public Relations & Marketing in Charlotte in 2005, became a Chernoff Newman team member when that firm joined with Chernoff Newman five years ago. She was also recently promoted to vice president of public relations and leads our public relations and social media team across all four of our offices in Charleston, Charlotte, Columbia and Orlando.
While the temptation to explore new careers or to look for new job opportunities may seem attractive, these three accomplished professionals realized the advantages of running a career marathon, rather than sprinting to the next job. Their patience created career opportunities that only come with dedication and professional growth.
Having the opportunity of working with them, having seen them grow every day, is what makes my job so fulfilling.
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