Back in December I asked this question: are you ready to lose your employees? I wrote it because of a statistic that came out showing a high number of employees were thinking about leaving their jobs in 2011. At that time, it seemed like new jobs were going to be on their way, along with a drastically improving economy.

Vince Lombardi
This guy knew motivation

Nope, that didn’t happen. There aren’t lots of new jobs, and the economy didn’t improve. But you know what happened? A lot of people still left one job and went to another job. And not always for more money. And that has people baffled.

I don’t know why. Almost every day I hear another story about bad managers. I’ve never been able to understand why a manager not only gets mad when an employee tells them they’re leaving, but feels they have the right to get mad at that employee, even treating them worse than normal, on their way out. Frankly, I wouldn’t put up with it, but many employees do, thinking it might jeopardize something in the benefits they legally have coming their way.

There’s also this thing with employers being upset with employees leave, but let there be any kind of problems with the company and here come layoffs, and employers don’t take the time to look at performance or real numbers, they just want to get rid of bodies. Why is it then fine when the shoe’s on the other foot? Money? Please!

True leaders don’t get upset because someone’s leaving for a better life, or at least their perception of a better life. I never got mad at anyone who left for more money. I never got mad at someone who left for better opportunities. I never got mad at anyone leaving period; I never felt I had the right.

I owed it to my employees to give them the tools they needed to succeed while they were working for me. They owed me their best effort if I gave them these tools while they worked for me. Truthfully, that’s all anyone owes anyone else in work situations. It’s not family; it’s not friendship. It’s a job, and that’s all it is.

If you set a good working environment, you’ll limit how many people leave you and the reasons they leave you. But it doesn’t always have to do with you. People make decisions based on what they feel is best. You do it, and your employees will do it.

I’ll end how I began. Employees leave; get over it.

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