Turnover Begins With Disappointment

A higher salary, a clear role progression, a better pension plan, nicer offices, and any other perks are just rationalizations we use to justify our choice to leave and mask our disappointment.

When I was looking for another job, I was prompted by disappointment.

  • I’m stuck
  • My manager cares little about my growth
  • I can do more
  • My opportunities are limited
  • They are nice people but…
  • My ideas seem to be ignored.

These were thoughts I had. They were indications that something was missing. They were expectations not being met.

Disappointment is a gut feeling that comes from knowing something is missing.

If you are a team leader:

  • How well do you know your team members’ needs?
  • How much effort have you put into identifying and utilizing their strengths?
  • How often are you looking for opportunities to share the stage with them?
  • How transparent are your conversations about their growth and development?
  • How often do you work on closing the gap between their expectations and their current reality at work?

Remember, people don’t think about a different job unless you have given them reason to believe there’s something missing.
If you are a individual with something missing:

  • How aware are you of your passions, needs, strengths, and weaknesses?
  • How well can you describe the picture of your ideal job?
  • How much effort have you put into communicating your expectations and needs to your leader?
  • How much closer would the new opportunity take you to your ideal job?
  • How aligned is your current job with your values and purpose?
  • When are you going to take control of your destiny?

Remember, unless you take control of your agenda, you’ll end up working your entire life for someone else’s.

Ultimately, I believe the leader and the individual share responsibility for turnover. The leader is responsible for equipping, developing, and maximizing the individual’s talents. The individual is responsible for clearly communicating what they need to feel fulfilled.
How are you playing a role in the movie called “turnover”?



2 thoughts on “Turnover Begins With Disappointment

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  1. Soo spot on, Juan! These conversations are a two-way street. Leaders are not perfect nor mind readers – we all have to take ownership of our actions and careers.

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