Do you remember that old song? The Pina Colada Song? I always thought the people in that story were phenomenally stupid and wouldn’t be able to repair their marriage after both were willing to cheat.
Turns out, I was (as always–well, as occasionally) right.
A Bosnian couple are getting divorced after finding out they had been secretly chatting each other up online under fake names…
“It was amazing, we seemed to be stuck in the same kind of miserable marriages – and how right that turned out to be.
“We arranged to meet outside a shop and both of us would be carrying a single rose so we would know the other.
“When I saw my husband there with the rose and it dawned on me what had happened I was shattered. I felt so betrayed. I was so angry.”
Yeah, well, duh.
So, why am I writing about this? Turnover. Bad turnover. Your employees leave you for new, exciting careers. It’s quite possible that you could have offered them what they left to find–they just didn’t know it was available. Likewise, you scour the universe looking for a perfect candidate to do X only to find out that a current employee is currently scouring the universe for a job to do X–only the two of you haven’t communicated.
I once had a VP of HR tell me, “My job is to develop my people. If you are in the same job for more than two years, I start to worry. I don’t want to lose good people, I want to develop and move and promote good people.”
You can only do that if you are communicating. Don’t be a manager that punishes people for looking for internal positions. Don’t be an employee who keeps your career goals secret.
And most of all, stay out of the personal ads and chat rooms and talk with your spouse from time to time. Sheesh.
(Hat tip: Frank