Oh! Was I Supposed to Quit?
You might see a trend of disappearing employees if you have read some of my other blog posts! Not only have these young employees left the workplace without saying a word, they have left around 11:00 a.m. While these stories are funny, they are also costly to the organization and the young adult employee.
A Human Resource colleague and I were discussing the orientation of new employees. Her client organization had a two-day orientation process. She shared a story about a young man who attended the first day orientation and returned the second day. He stayed until…you guessed it…11:00 a.m.! He left without a word to anyone.
The organization spent a few days trying to locate this new employee to complete some paperwork. Once found, they asked why he left early the second day of orientation? He told them he wasn’t interested in leaving his current position. His current position? You guessed it again! This young man had a strategy. Two different times he interviewed and received offers for a new job. Rather than resign from his current job, he chose to attend their orientation programs to investigate further. In both cases he decided his current job was a better fit.
Wow! I have told many of my “boomer” friends this story and they laugh in disbelief! What is going on here?
Many young employees feel their workplace should meet all their needs. There is nothing wrong with anyone looking for the “ideal position and environment.” But it is not a good idea to accept another position while staying employed. There are many ways to investigate to ensure the next move is what you want.
The first steps towards gathering key information before you start a job are:
- Conduct online research. This will give you plenty of information about a company, its history, and key executives. What a company chooses to put on their website can tell you a lot about what is valued.
- Use LinkedIn and other resources. These can give you contacts inside the company. As you look at these names be sure to look for who you might “connect with” through your own contacts.
- During the job Interview, ask questions that include:
- Please describe the company culture in one word
- Who succeeds here and why?
- Why do employees like to work here?
Nothing “guarantees” happiness when you make a move. It is still the “norm” however, to resign from your current position before you accept another job and show up for work!
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