Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Article 9 Duty to Former Clients and to Former Firms or Employers

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Article 9 Duty to Former Clients and to Former Firms or Employers

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Loyalty is a positive attribute, and we appreciate customers and friends who are loyal to us over the years, through thick and thin: Employers deserve no less. During challenging economic times, when everyone has been looking to cut corners, the survival instinct sometimes replaces loyalty.

A century ago it was commonplace for a person to finish their basic education, get a job with an established company, and spend their entire career working for that firm. In today's world, however, the average time on a job has shrunk and it is anticipated that the vast majority of workers in this century will work at multiple jobs for several employers--if not in multiple careers throughout their working lives.

A CPM designation is a common thread of achievement and reputation that will benefit a person's career in many ways. I was personally blessed by the fact that one of my earlier employers encouraged and supported my efforts to obtain the designation, which opened doors over time as I rose to an eventual leadership role in a major real estate company. As my entrepreneurial spirit led me to take the plunge and start my own consulting business, I have found that the CPM designation provides reassurance to clients and an established network of partners, enabling me to work in a variety of roles for multiple clients utilizing the experience and knowledge of the business I gained throughout the years.

A cornerstone of IREM ethics is the responsibility or duty to former clients and employers. …

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