If you were offered several different jobs, there would be a lot of factors that went into deciding which job to take.
In addition to the usual factors like seniority level, salary and work-life balance, new research by professors at University of Wisconsin and Washington State University, suggests another important factor to take into account.
How indispensable you are to place?
In other words, is the role a ‘lynchpin’ and how essential is the job to the firm’s overall goal?
Examples of lynchpin roles are engineers in a technology company, or a management consultant at a consulting firm.
To gauge the lynchpinness of a job there are four dimensions that come into play:
The study in question found that being an “organizational lynchpin,” as researchers put it, has several advantages.
First, and most obvious, is that of job security. If you are perceived as vital to the life of a company, you really don’t have to worry about being fired or replaced. This is good, but it’s not the only advantage.
Lynchpins also feel a higher sense of job satisfaction because people like to know that they are doing something meaningful and something that others depend on. Being essential also helps to foster a deeper emotional connection to the company. All this leads to more enjoyment at work, and a smaller chance of getting burned out by your job.
So, why is this good to know?