Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Culture of Quitting? g

I caught a serious article from The Daily WTF over on Del.icio.us today; "Up or Out: Solving the IT Turnover Crisis". I hadn't thought about employment in these terms before;
... if a company embraced a culture of quitting. If they were upfront with their employees and said something to the effect of, “we know that you’re not going to retire here; in fact, after two to three years, we know you’ll be ready to move on to a different job. But before that happens, we want to make sure that you feel that you’ve done an excellent job here and are leaving with some solid experience under your belt. Of course, there are a handful of architect and management positions available, but you’ll really need to demonstrate commitment before even being considered for those. Obviously, that path isn’t for everyone.”
It's an interesting observation on why people stay or leave a given company. I've been running into this one a lot lately:
What was once “fresh new ideas that we can’t implement today” become “the same old boring suggestions that we’re never going to do”. Prior solutions to similar problems are greeted with “yeah, we worked on that project, too” or simply dismissed as “that was five years ago, and we’ve all heard the story.” This leads towards a loss of self actualization which ends up chipping away at motivation.
Emphasis added. I'm still processing this article out on many levels. Check it out.

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