The Employment Relationship

October 6, 2009

holdhandsIt 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?

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