It always strikes me as interesting the relationship of employment. It is so similar to a marriage, or dating, that sometimes I have to laugh.
employee: “Boss, do you have a minute? I need to talk to you.”
boss: “Not right now, I have a meeting coming up. I have some time next Tuesday, say 9ish?”
employee: “Well, I’ll just make it quick. I’m leaving – I found someone else”.
boss: “What? All of a sudden? I thought everything was going great!”
employee: “It’s me, not you… I’ve been unhappy and… unfulfilled”.
boss: “Well, let’s talk about it. What’s wrong exactly?”
employee: “No, it’s too late for that. I’m going, here is my resignation. My last day is Friday.”
boss: “Wait! I need you! I can’t do this without you! Come back!”
Another sudden breakup. It’s a common problem with employees / employers – there is no communication, no feedback, no caring. It doesn’t take much, just a quick “thank you”, or “I’m very impressed on how you handled that” kind of statement.
I’ve heard people say to run a marriage like a business. Maybe it’s time to run a business like a marriage. What do you think?