Why do I leave your company when you least expect it?
It was Sunday afternoon, I was reviewing the agenda for Monday, a few days after finishing my vacation. Elisa Prone was having a coffee in front of me, while reading an email on her Tablet Wolder that told the story of Pablo Tobben, a young friend who always tells us that he has been in the “Talent pool” of his well-known and renowned multinational for three years now. .
Pablo recounted that he decided, after a few years in this great company and when he had more career possibilities, to leave his job.
ELISA, QUICKLY ASKED HER ON WHATSAPP WHY…
Pablo answered in just a few minutes and explained what were, in his opinion, the main reasons:
–I have little flexibility and the distance between Madrid and Malaga does not allow you to see my girl… if I continue like this, someone else will take her…
Elisa was thankful for reading that comment, because the day before she had also made the same decision: to leave her current job.
I’m leaving too
I remember the conversation she told me she had with her mother:
-I understand you but do not leave the job without having another. Do you want to be a housewife after years of studies?
Elisa told me that it was not worth answering because they had different ideas of life and cultural paradigms and she would have resigned if she had gotten another job or not.
I asked Elisa for her reasons….
THE REASONS ELISA EXPOSED WERE:
1. The distance that did not allow him to see her partner and the time it takes her to get to her company. Every weekend she did about 1,000 km to be with her family and after a few months she began to feel “super tired”. Also the distance to get to her job (2 hours round trip) and the traffic in Madrid, on the Burgos highway at any time, added points to this argument.
2. The little flexible hours: it is true that, with the consent of the next boss, it was possible to make the workday intensive but, as a professional, he said he knew how to organize himself and stay when there was work and leave if he finished everything he had to do. Elisa knew that this theory of flexibility is utopian in a large company but… “-why not try to trust the employees more?”
EACH ONE OF THEM HAD A LIFE OUTSIDE OF WORK AND IF WE, AS EMPLOYEES AND PEOPLE, DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO DEDICATE IT TO WHAT WE WANT TO (FAMILY, HOBBIES, STUDIES, ETC.), WE WILL ALWAYS GET TO WORK WITH LESS ENERGY AND OUR PERFORMANCE WILL DECREASE OVER TIME.
3.THE FACT OF NOT SEEING THE SUN ALL DAY: “-MY OFFICE HAS BARELY NATURAL LIGHT”, SEEMS NONSY BUT HE ASSURED THAT A WELL STUDY OF THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE COULD PREVENT MANY EMPLOYEES FROM LEAVING AND AVOID PRODUCTIVITY AND INNOVATION IT WAS HIGHER. ELISA LOVES NATURE AND THE SUN AND THE FACT OF WALKING INTO THE OFFICE WHEN IT WAS STILL DARK AND LEAVING WHEN THE SUN WAS ALREADY INFLUENCED HER MOOD, HER PRODUCTIVITY AND HER OWN HEALTH.
4. It was not her dream job and not the job she imagined. She was convinced that “the recruiters” were simply hidden sellers of the company and as such they should sell the vacancy. Elisa thought that it was very difficult for a selection process to tell you the “points for improvement” of the company and the position itself.
-ON THE ONE PART IT CAN BE UNDERSTANDED, ALTHOUGH I AM CONVINCED THAT TELLING THE TRUTH AND TELLING THE PROS AND CONS TO THE CANDIDATE IS NECESSARY SO THAT HE CAN MAKE A DECISION RELATED TO HIS BEING. WHEN I STARTED, I THOUGHT THAT THE WORK WAS GOING TO BE DIFFERENT AND IN FACT THE TASKS I CARRIED OUT WERE VERY MECHANICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE, SO FOR ME, IT WAS A JOB THAT A PERSON WHO KNOWS LANGUAGES AND HAVE AN INTERMEDIATE DEGREE OF STUDY CAN DEVELOP.
Elisa could have decided to stay, work well and wait for a promotion but patience is not her forte. She would have had to wait years doing a job that didn’t fulfill her and waiting for a promotion that wasn’t certain? Many would answer yes, especially her parents. But Elisa, no.
After a bad experience, she understood that life could end in two seconds and that at that moment it was already too late for resentments. So she did NOT want to wait for something that would come, but to wake up every day happy and satisfied to go to work, use her skills and abilities to think and propose projects and solutions and NOT to repeat an automatic process that cannot be changed. Elisa wanted to be able to speak, listen and communicate.
– I JUST WANTED TO BE MYSELF AND DO SOMETHING CREATIVE WHEREVER I WENT.
5. He did not admire his bosses.
It’s true, employees run away, not from the company, but from their bosses. In the case of Elisa, I cannot say that she told me that she had problems with her bosses. On the contrary, Elisa often talked about her about how her bosses treated her very well and that they trusted her. But they were not the bosses that she thought of as leaders, who in moments of difficulty “rowed” together with her teams and who knew how to transmit security and add value to each member of her team. For this reason, it is true that Elisa could not include them among the people she admired and of whom she thought… they are cracks!
Ella Elisa ALREADY KNEW THAT IT WAS DIFFICULT TO FIND PEOPLE LIKE THIS IN HER OWN PROFESSIONAL ENVIRONMENT, EVEN THOUGH SHE CONTINUED TO BELIEVE IN FABLES AND CONTINUED TO BELIEVE THAT IT COULD BE POSSIBLE. AT THE SAME TIME ELISA BELIEVED THAT MOST COMPANIES ARE FAILING TO PLAN PROMOTIONS.
Based on her experience in the professional world, Elisa told me that she was fully aware that the standard system consisted of promoting good technicians, who due to bad luck (not always) did not have the necessary skills and competencies, or simply did not have enough time. to develop them, to be a leader and lead a team! Result: they lose a good coach, “gain” a mediocre boss and demotivate the team.