When we make the decision to accept a job offer and join a company we base that decision on multiple factors: Job fit, career growth, money, benefits, corporate culture and values, to name a few.
And, if we stay with that organization for a period of years, things can, and will change. Perhaps your company continues to grow and thrive. Maybe it was a start up when you joined and now it has become a public enterprise. Or, on the flip side, things haven’t gone according to plan. Markets have dried up, profits have sagged and your company gets acquired.
Your need for career fulfillment may no longer be part of your company’s business plan. But, wait a minute, “They told me they would groom me for the VP of Sales position”. And guess what, things changed. The company downsized and that VP slot no longer exists.
Yet the executive team really believes in you and will eventually need you in some capacity so they give you some Kool-Aid to drink and convince you to stay. They tell you that VP job will happen next year when things turn around. Maybe it’s you who should be turning around and strategizing an exit plan. Really, who needs who, here?
Remember, it’s a lot cheaper for your employer to keep feeding you Kool-Aide and promises than it is to lose you to a competitor and have to pay recruiting costs to replace you.
And, of course, we too, might change along the way. Maybe you were single when you joined your company and thought nothing of working 80 – hour workweeks. It was kind of cool back then because your social life was your work. But now you are married and raising a family and your priorities have shifted. It’s no longer feasible or enjoyable to give every waking hour to your employer.
But then the Kool-Aid comes out again. “Gosh Joe, you are the best network engineer we’ve ever had and we don’t want to lose you. Maybe we could let you work from home a couple of days a week.” Sounds enticing. Or is it?
The point is, companies will always put their needs before yours, despite their good intentions and pitchers of Kool-Aid. Assuming you are a hot commodity, and they really need you, they will seduce you with marketing campaigns that tout ‘employee engagement’, ‘employer of choice’, ‘family friendly’ and all the rest.
You need to ask yourself what all this rhetoric means to you personally and if your employer can truly ‘walk their talk’. You are in charge of your career. No matter how flattering it may be to be wooed by your employer you need to think about whose interests are being served. That old saying, ‘flattery will get you nowhere’, should be in the forefront of your mind when deciding to stay or move on. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.